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Ahead of Friday’s 11th anniversary of the assassination of Istanbul Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, Garo Paylan, Istanbul Armenian MP from the opposition and pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey, submitted a written proposal to the Turkish parliament.

In his proposal, Paylan called for investigating the developments following Dink’s murder and preventing similar possible murders.

He stressed that Hrant Dink was making efforts toward Turkey’s democratization as well as peoples’ solidarity and peace, informed the HDP official website.

Also, the proposal recalled that Dink was targeted by Turkish nationalists, and that a lawsuit was filed against him on the charge of denigrating Turkishness.

Hrant Dink, the founder and chief editor of Agos Armenian weekly of Istanbul, was gunned down on January 19, 2007, outside the then office of this newspaper.

In 2011, the perpetrator, Ogün Samast, was sentenced by a juvenile court to 22 years and ten months for the murder.

After long court proceedings and appeals, however, a new probe was ultimately launched into this murder case, and regarding numerous former and serving senior Turkish officials’ complicity in this assassination.

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