The Hrant Dink case is not a just a serious case, it symbolises a problem in the Turkish system of justice, said CoE Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg.
Speaking during the PACE winter session, Hammarberg said further investigation into the case would be required.
“I am optimistic: I think that the next level will take into account the criticism, and that there will be a serious review of the case. Further investigations will be required, and they will need to look at not only the procedures but the facts, and to find more facts. It is clear that this case is not finished,” he said.
To note, on January 17, the Turkish court found Yasin Hayal guilty of planning and organizing Armenian journalist Hrant Dink’s murder, and sentenced him to life in prison. Erhan Tuncel, on the other hand, was found not guilty of prompting Dink’s murder, and, instead, he was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months for an explosion in a McDonald’s store.
Earlier, Hrant Dink’s actual killer, Ogun Samast, was sentenced to a total of 22 years and 10 months for Dink’s murder and for bearing illegal arms. But Samast was tried at a juvenile court, since he was a minor at the time of the murder.