Istanbul court releases two suspects in Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink murder case
Şimşek’s lawyer, Mehmet Tahsin Soner, had appealed the Istanbul 14th Heavy Penal Court’s Feb. 2 ruling that ordered his continued imprisonment.
The court on Feb. 13 acknowledged that both Şimşek and Şahin had known of a plot to kill Dink in the year before the assassination occurred. However, it ordered their release on the grounds that they communicated the information in a timely manner and had already spent enough time in jail.
The case grew into a wider scandal after it emerged that security forces had been aware of a plot to kill Dink but failed to act.
Relatives and followers of the case have long claimed government officials, police, military personnel and members of the National Intelligence Agency (MİT) played a role in Dink’s murder by neglecting their duty to protect the journalist.
Turkey’s top court in July 2014 ruled that the investigation into the killing had been flawed, paving the way for the trial of police officials.