ISTANBUL (Armenpress) — Procedural instruments of Hrant Dink’s case reveal striking details on the participation of the state, particularly the police and intelligence services, in the murder of the Istanbul-Armenian journalist.
The investigation of the case exposed a document which made clear why Hrant Dink was not given a passport for years, Agos reported.
For nearly 25 years Dink applied to the Regional Security Office in Istanbul to receive a passport, but his applications were always sent back. In the sidelines of the investigation of the journalist’s murder, a document dating to 1997 labeled “confidential” was found. In addition to Dink’s name, the name of the then-vicar of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople and the current Patriarch Mesrob Mutafyan was mentioned in the document.
“An individual named Firat Dink is among our targets due to his pro-Armenian activities. He is the editor-in-chief of Agos periodical, published in Istanbul by Armenians, and is in close ties with the vicar of the Armenian Patriarchate Mesrob Archbishop Mutafyan, famous for his Armenian nationalist inclinations,” reads the document.
The court demanded this document within the framework of investigating the complicity of former officials in Dink’s case.
Another document exposes that the state had been interested in the ethnic background of the murderer of Hrant Dink Ogün Samast and the person who put him up to the murder, Yasin Hayal’i.