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Ria Oomen-Ruijten, MEP and European Parliament Rapporteur on Turkey called “disappointing” the verdict on Hrant Dink case.

“The verdict is disappointing. The Hrant Dink case could have been an example of how properly functioning judicial institutions deal with disruptive forces in society. This verdict makes clear the need for further judicial reform in Turkey,” she said.

In her Reports on Turkey, the European Parliament has consistently urged the Turkish authorities to carry out a full investigation into the murder of Hrant Dink, to provide full clarification of allegations of negligence on the part of the competent authorities and to bring all responsible to justice.

As Armenian informed earlier, on Tuesday, the Turkish court found Yasin Hayal guilty of planning and organizing Hrant Dink’s murder, and sentenced him to life imprisonment. 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. But taking into account that Tuncel was already incarcerated for that amount of time, the court ruled his release.

Earlier, Hrant Dink’s actual killer, Ogun Samast, was sentenced to a total of 22 years and 10 months imprisonment for Dink’s murder and for bearing illegal arms.


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