The name of the person ordering Hrant Dink murder may remain secret

The age –related “confusion” suggests that Samast should be set free immediately, or else he could name the actual person ordering Dink’s murder.

On December 31, a law, stipulating 1,5-3 year’s arrest term for the accused will be introduced into Turkey’s criminal code. According to Aksam Turkish newspaper, Ogun Samast, accused with the murder of the editor-in-chief of Agos Armenian-Turkish newspaper Hrant Dink, can be released, having been under arrest for 3 years and 9 months.

PanARMENIAN.Net - In the end of October, the court satisfied the request of Samast’s attorney, resolving to try him as an under-age criminal, setting the punishment term at 5 years.

Turkish authorities aim to turn a blind eye to Hrant Dink murder case – which may be the only explanation to the Criminal Code amendment. The involvement of significant political figures, whose face the Turkish authorities are trying to save, is clearly the reason for the relaxation of laws.

Recently, Hrant Dink’s name was involved in Ergenekon case; however, the efforts were to no avail, with the supposed murderer staying behind the bar.

There’s another cause for suspicions: neither the expertise nor the court managed, or rather were willing, to clarify the actual age of Samast, hesitating between the age of 16 and 17.

The age –related “confusion” suggests that Samast should be set free immediately, or else he could name the actual person ordering Dink’s murder. The only question is how highly that person is placed.

Should Ogun Samast be tried as an under-age, with the court putting off the hearings, by the moment the verdict is announced, he’ll be set free, having served his 5-year term.

Karine Ter-Sahakyan / PanARMENIAN News
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