February 23, 2007 - 15:56 AMT
Sisli Mayor accused of organization of Dink funeral with pro-Armenian slogans
The prosecutor's office for Istanbul's Sisli district has launched an investigation into Sisli Mayor Mustafa Sarigül and the committee that organized the funeral for journalist Hrant Dink, the slain editor of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, for the slogans "We are all Armenians", "We are all Hrant Dink", according to a report from Milliyet daily.
A reporter for a local daily in the northern city of Sinop, Mete Cagdas, filed a complaint to the local prosecutor's office in Sinop. Cagdas's application accused Sisli Mayor Mustafa Sarigül and the funeral organizers of turning the atmosphere at the funeral into one for a fallen "militant," a term used subjectively in this case to discredit the legitimacy of the protests.
According to Milliyet's report, the chief prosecutor's office in Sinop had no jurisdiction in the case and relayed the file to the Sisli chief prosecutor's office in late January. Sisli prosecutors launched an investigation which might end up in a law suit against the organizers or in dismissal. In either case, the Sisli office will have to make a statement clarifying its opinion of the funeral slogans.
Hrant Dink was shot dead in Istanbul January 19. About 100 thousand people, who were carrying slogans "We are all Armenians", "We are all Hrant Dink", attended his funeral.