AKP, MHP deputies reject motion aiming to shed light on Dink murder

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Turkish parliament / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Deputies from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have rejected a parliamentary motion from a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy that aimed to shed light on the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007, according to the party’s website.

The parliamentary motion was submitted to parliament by HDP Diyarbakır deputy Garo Paylon, who is also of Armenian origin.

Dink was assassinated in İstanbul on Jan.19 2007 by an ultranationalist youth. Although 12 years have passed since the murder, Turkish authorities have failed to reveal the masterminds of the murder.

Numerous irregularities in the Dink murder investigation have been pointed out by lawyers and human rights groups since the trial began in July 2007, including deleted evidence and security and police officials misinforming the court, as well as “lost” security camera footage from cameras around the scene of the murder.

Before his murder Dink had been receiving threats from Turkish nationalists for his statements on Armenian identity and his describing the killing of Armenians in the final days of the Ottoman Empire as “genocide,” a claim Turkey categorically rejects.

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