ISTANBUL (Hurriyet) — More than two years after Agos editor Hrant Dink was shot dead, a reporter stands trial for writing about the circumstances surrounding the murder. For his alleged crimes, he faces 28 years in prison, eight years more than what the murder suspect would serve if convicted.
A reporter who wrote a book about the intelligence failures before and after the murder of Dink, the editor-in-chief of Armenian weekly Agos, is facing a prison term of 28 years if found guilty. The chief suspect in the murder case could serve a maximum of 20 years if convicted.
Milliyet daily reporter Nedim Sener’s book, The Dink Murder and Intelligence Lies, focuses on the intelligence deficiencies by security agencies before and after Dink was shot dead, leading to a police officer and three senior Police Department intelligence chiefs filing complaints against him.
Dink, who was prosecuted for insulting Turkishness, was killed in front of the Agos office. The chief suspect, a teenage nationalist, is currently on trial along with several alleged accomplices.
Milliyet daily reported that the complaints have led the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office to charge Sener with publication of secret information and turning antiterrorism officials into targets. The reporter faces a maximum prison term of 28 years if found guilty.
Sener, speaking to Anatolia news agency on his way to the opening hearing this week, said he is facing a total of 28 years in prison if convicted on two charges, obtaining classified documents and insulting government officials.