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Verdict Expected In Turkey's Dink Trial


Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2006

Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2006

An Istanbul court is expected to deliver a verdict in the trial of 18 alleged accomplices in the 2007 murder of Hrant Dink, a prominent Turkish journalist of Armenian descent.

Dink was gunned down in broad daylight outside the offices of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian "Agos" newspaper, where he was the editor.

He had been convicted two years before for his writings about the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I.

Armenia says the killings were genocide, a claim Turkey denies.

A 17-year-old was found guilty of shooting Dink and sentenced to nearly 23 years in prison, but the case has drawn criticism both nationally and internationally.

In a statement this week, Amnesty International said that Turkish authorities had failed to address state officials' alleged involvement in the murder of Dink.

Dozens of intellectuals, politicians, and rights activists marched to the courtroom where the hearing is being heard on January 17, calling on the authorities to punish state officials who are allegedly behind Dink's murder.

compiled from agency reports

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