ISTANBUL (BBC) — The Turkish killer of the ethnic-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink has been sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison.
Samast, a Turkish ultra-nationalist, was 17 when he carried out the killing in January 2007.
A panel of judges sentenced him to life imprisonment, but commuted the term because he was a minor at the time.
Dink was the editor of the bilingual newspaper Agos, and had been prosecuted and convicted of denigrating “Turkishness.”
His offence was describing the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman forces in the early 20th century as a genocide. He was shot dead by Samast outside his office in Istanbul.