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Thursday, January 25, 2007

CrimProf Haken Hakeri Comments on Harant Dink's Murder Investigation

From Selcuk University CrimProf Haken Hakeri recently commented on Hrant Dink's murder investigation and suspected murderer Ogün Samast's signed  confession saying that he regretted the murder, and that his intention had been to give himself up to the police in Trabzon after meeting with his family. This amounts to a change in his confession because during his preliminary investigation he had said he did not regret killing Dink.

Hrant Dink was a famous Turkish-Armenian journalist who is best known for his public statements and writings referring to the 1915-17 massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as "genocide" — one of the most "controversial" issues in Turkey today. For his statements on Armenian identity and the Armenian Genocide, Dink had been prosecuted three times under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code for “insulting Turkishness.”

Hakan Hakeri, Associate Professor of Criminal Law at Selçuk University in Konya, said Samast would receive a sentence of 18 to 24 years in prison, since he is not legally an adult. But Hakeri said that if Samast is under 18, this would increase the sentence of the so-called “older brothers” behind the murder, said Hakeri. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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