Outrage as Turkish Police Seen Posing With Hrant Dink's Killer

A storm is brewing in Turkey after the media showed images of the teenage murder suspect posing with the Turkish flag and police officers after his arrest for the murder of editor Hrant Dink.

The Orthodox Christian editor of the Agos paper, Dink angered Turkish nationalists with repeated assertions that the mass killings of Armenians during the early 20th century was genocide. He was murdered on January 17, 2007.

A video still showing Ogun Samast, who has confessed to the murder of Hrant Dink, holding a Turkish flag next to security officials including the police chief. (AFP)

ADN Kronos reports:

On Thursday a storm broke out in Turkey over video images showing police posing with On Thursday a storm broke out in Turkey over video images showing police posing with Dink’s alleged killer and the Turkish flag.

An ultra-nationalist, Ogun Samast, 17 is charged with killing Dink, an Orthodox Christian who had angered Turkish nationalists with repeated assertions that the mass killings of Armenians during the ealy 20th century was genocide – a claim which is regarded as a crime in Turkey.

Human rights activists have alleged that Dink’s murder was plotted by ultra-nationalists supported by elements within the police, the bureaucracy and the military. The images broadcast on Thursday have added ammunition to those who claim some officials may have instigated or even colluded in the planning of Dink’s murder.

Turkish police authorties deny any wrongdoing.
An ultra-nationalist, Ogun Samast, 17 is charged with killing Dink, an Orthodox Christian who had angered Turkish nationalists with repeated assertions that the mass killings of Armenians during the ealy 20th century was genocide – a claim which is regarded as a crime in Turkey.

Human rights activists have alleged that Dink’s murder was plotted by ultra-nationalists supported by elements within the police, the bureaucracy and the military. The images broadcast on Thursday have added ammunition to those who claim some officials may have instigated or even colluded in the planning of Dink’s murder.

Turkish police authorties deny any wrongdoing.

Here’s the video of Ogun Samast standing with the police after his arrest for killing the writer Hrant Dink:
(3 minutes 26 seconds)

Ogun Samast screamed, “I shot at the non-Muslim!” as he fled from the murder scene.

Turkish authorities launched an investigation after the footage aired showing the youth treated like a hero by the local police:

Turkey launched an inquiry into footage showing a teenager charged with the murder of a Turkish-Armenian journalist posing with the Turkish flag and security officials after his arrest, police said on Friday.

Hrant Dink was shot outside his Istanbul office on Jan. 19. His funeral drew 100,000 mourners on to the streets in protest at the militant nationalism that apparently inspired his killer. A 17-year-old unemployed youth, Ogun Samast, has confessed to the murder.

Turkey’s leading television channels showed video footage of Samast posing in front of a Turkish flag, and holding another flag next to security officials dressed in paramilitary and regular police uniforms shortly after his arrest on Jan. 21.

The Gendarmerie, Turkey’s paramilitary police, denied reports the footage was shot at one of their offices in Samsun, the city where Samast was arrested after a nationwide manhunt.

Media said the images suggested Samast was treated like a hero.

The police were reportedly told 17 times about the threat to Dink’s life.

Previously:
Police Capture Killer of Turkish-Armenian Writer Hrant Dink
Hrant Dink Killers Trained in Chechnya; Belonged to Islamic Order
Turkish Official: CIA and Mossad Behind Hrant Dink Murder
Hrant Dink’s Killers Admit Ties to Murder of Turkish Priest

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