Today's Zaman, Turkey
Jan 1 2008

No inadequacies in Dink investigation, claim inspectors

A highly controversial investigation into the murder of Turkish
Armenian journalist Hrant Dink which involved a number of
contradictions has no loopholes, according to the Prime Ministry's
Inspection Council.

Dink was shot dead by an ultra-nationalist teenager outside his
office on Jan. 19. Throughout the investigation, a number of
suspicious points hinting at police involvement have led the Dink
family to conclude that the assassination was being covered up by
either the police or the judiciary -- or maybe both. Rakel Dink, the
slain journalist's wife, had applied to the Prime Ministry's
Inspection Council regarding the suspicions around the investigation.
The Prime Ministry's Office responded positively to the application
and started an inquiry into the investigation process. After working
for eight months on the application, the Prime Ministry office's
inspectors concluded that there were no loopholes in the

The inspectors based their finding on intelligence reports, phone
conversation transcripts and official correspondences between the
Police Department of Trabzon and Ýstanbul. Dink's killer was from
Trabzon. Another prime suspect in the operation, who was the one the
assassin said incited him, was a police informant with the Trabzon
police. The investigation had revealed that the Ýstanbul police had
been tipped off about the plans to kill Dink many times.

The inspectors ruled that no document or information on any of the
suspects, including the former police informant, was being hidden.
The Human Rights Committee in Parliament is currently also carrying
out an investigation into the Dink murder.

Fethiye Çetin, a lawyer representing the Dink family said: `There was
no need for this investigation to last eight months. Some documents
are very obvious.' She added that she and the other lawyers hadn't
yet seen the council's report.


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