Suspect Arrested in Hrant Dink Murder Case
This young man, identified as Ogun Samast, was photographed running from the scene.
A 16 or 17 year old Turk, originally from the Black Sea area, but now living in Istanbul, has been arrested by Turkish police, after his father reported him. Turkish TV showed a picture of Ogun Samast running away after shooting Hrant Dink. His father saw it and called the police. Besides Ogun Samast, Turkish authorities have detained – at least – 12 individuals.
Samast is a high school dropout and possibly a drug addict.
That so many people have been detained combined with what Samast reportedly shouted right after he murdered Dink (“I’ve killed the non-Muslim”) gives one the impression that it was an organized crime, perhaps / probably committed by Muslim extremists.
I said it once and I’ll say it again: the Turkish government should honor Hrant Dink by getting rid of the ridiculous law that says that one is not allowed to insult the Turkish identity (which was used against Dink). Until that time I will simply regard Erdogan’s words to be hypocritical.
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