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On the 15th anniversary of the assassination of prominent Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, the MPs of the opposition pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) of Turkey have submitted a petition for a parliamentary inquiry into this assassination, Bianet reports.

"The case was not developing in such a way that the darkness into Hrant Dink's assassination was solved and justice was served," said HDP vice-chairpersons and lawmakers Saruhan Oluc and Meral Danish Bestas in a joint petition.

"The murderers were protected by political will. Those who stood trial were not properly prosecuted," these MPs added, urging the Turkish parliament to take responsibility for solving Dink's assassination and eliminating illegal groups influencing the state.

Hrant Dink—the editor-in-chief of Agos, the only weekly published in Armenian and Turkish in Turkey—was shot dead from the three gunshots fired to his head from behind by Turkish ultra-nationalist minor Ogun Samast on January 19, 2007, in front of the then office of this newspaper—and on national grounds. In 2011, Samast was convicted of Dink's assassination and sentenced to 22 years in prison, but questions still remain about the involvement of the Turkish state in the case.

In June 2007, Hrant Dink was posthumously given the award of the President of Armenia.

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