Dink murder case inspectors say they were threatened

Dink murder case inspectors say they were threatened

PanARMENIAN.Net - Members of the Prime Ministry Inspection Board said that they have been threatened by Gülen Movement-linked police officers Ali Fuat Yılmazer and Ramazan Akyürek during their investigations into the murder of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink who was killed in 2007, Daily Sabah reported.

The officers had allegedly demanded inspectors to dismiss the case.

According to the report, prosecutors found crucial evidence showing that government officials had been blackmailed and threatened in order to convince them to dismiss the case. The Chief Prosecutor's Office for Istanbul started the interrogation process where, in this context, prosecutors appealed to the testimony of members of the Prime Ministry Inspection Board who said that they had been threatened by Gülen Movement- linked officers Ali Fuat Yılmazer and Ramazan Akyürek during their investigations regarding the Dink murder.

The allegations are directly about Ramazan Akyürek and Ali Fuat Yılmazer, two top police chiefs loyal to the Gülen Movement who were accused of helping the murder suspects and not sharing intelligence with their top officials. Former prosecutors did not investigate the allegations that Akyürek deleted electronic and telephone logs in the National Police Department that could help shed light on the murder, according to reports in the Turkish media.

Moreover, Necmettin Emre, the former deputy director of the Turkish National Police's intelligence department was also interrogated and in his statement he emphasized that the "intelligence report in which it was written that Dink would be killed had been sent to Fuat Yılmazer from former Trabzon Police Chief Akyürek, however this intelligence report did not come to me. They made documents look as though I had seen them. Thus they cover up the case."

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