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    Hurriyet Daily News
    June 17 2011

    Dink's killer faces 27 years in prison

    Friday, June 17, 2011
    ISTANBUL - Daily News with wires

    The prosecutor in the case of murdered Turkish-Armenian journalist
    Hrant Dink has demanded that the confessed killer received between 18
    and 27 years in prison for the crime.

    Dink was viewed by ultra-nationalists as a traitor, an enemy of Turks
    and a despicable Armenian due to the defamatory campaign launched
    against him, read the legal statement issued by Prosecutor Ali Demir.

    Demir presented his legal opinion Friday based on case investigations
    pertaining to Dink at the trial of Ogün Samast, who is being tried at
    juvenile court on charges of premeditated murder and carrying an
    unlicensed firearm.

    `Dink was involved in leftist activities in 1970, changed his name to
    Fırat by appealing to the court due to his concerns about whether the
    name Hrant may damage the Armenian community and founded in 1996 the
    Agos newspaper where he advocated for the rights and interests of the
    Armenians,' read the prosecutor's legal opinion on the issue.

    Dink was targeted as an enemy of Turks because of the articles he
    wrote, the legal opinion said, according to Anatolia news agency.

    Demir's statement argued that Samast committed the murder with
    premeditation and in cold blood. Samast did, however, show repentance
    in the time since the killing, according to Demir.

    The statement also referred to an article that Dink had written on the
    same day Samast departed from the Black Sea province of Trabzon.
    Dink's article showed that he had sensed that he was in peril, but
    that he did not want to think about his own death, according to Demir.

    The legal opinion also referred to an expert report which claimed that
    Samast had no problems in terms of his level of intelligence and
    comprehension, but that he had not internalized universal humanitarian
    values and that he had not developed a proper sense of conscience. The
    report went further to argue that Samast had been subject to violence
    by his father which later affected his personal development.

    From: Baghdasarian