Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ECHR accuse Turkey of serieus negligence

The European Court of Human Rights has Turkey this afternoon accused of serious negligence in the assassination of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink. In 2007 a Turkish nationalist shot Dink dead when he left his office.
The Turkish authorities took no action 3.5 years ago after they were tipped about the imminent assassination of Dink. Even a hint about the identity of the murderer and his accomplices didn’t make the police move.
Dink caused a stir when he accused the Turkish of massacring Armenians during the First World War. He was threatened by Turkish nationalists who felt that Dink had insulted Turkishness. The Turkish public prosecutor complained to him and Dink was sentenced to six months probation.

Day Opening - September 14

Romance at the Bosphorus, Istanbul, by Brian Underdown