Human rights lawyer Sezgin Tanrıkulu, who is also an MP of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), delivered remarks at parliament on Friday, on the 11th anniversary of the assassination of Istanbul Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.
Tanrıkulu criticized the incumbent Turkish authorities for putting off the solving of Dink’s murder, and stressed that he had kept track for 11 years, just like Dink’s other friends, and that will continue to keep track of this murder case until justice prevails, informs the CHP official website.
“Hrant Dink was courageous, patriotic, a man of conscience, socialist, journalist, [and] Armenian” Sezgin Tanrıkulu said, in particular. “Hrant Dink was killed as a result of the collaboration of bandits that have nested inside the [Turkish] intelligence [services] at the time, the media, authorities, [and] state.”
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.