Twenty-third Dink case hearing in Istanbul
ISTANBUL - Doğan News Agency (DHA)
'Hrant's Friends' held a protest outside the courthouse. Banner reads 'for Hrant, for justice.' AA photoAn Istanbul court held the 23rd hearing of the Hrant Dink murder trial today.
Yasin Hayal and Erhan Tuncel, present at the hearing, are suspected of killing the Turkish-Armenian journalist.
Dink's family's lawyers said Trabzon police and military officers' inaction was beyond neglectful and should be held as "accomplices in manslaughter through negligence."
Laywers claimed Hayal's brother-in-law, Coşkun İğci, was being used as an informant by the gendermerie and told security forces about Dink's planned assassination.
State officials purposefully ignored İğci's intelligence and told him not to tell anyone about the matter, Dink's family's lawyers said.
A group of protesters, calling themselves "Hrant's friends," gathered outside the courthouse before the hearing and released a press statement saying they had been waiting for justice for five years and would continue to do so even if it took 95 years.