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Turkish Policemen Sentenced Over Armenian Murder

Journalist Hrant Dink

Journalist Hrant Dink

A Turkish court today handed down jail terms of between four and six months to a group of paramilitary policemen for negligence over the 2007 murder of a prominent ethnic Armenian journalist.

Hrant Dink, 52, was shot dead in January 2007 outside the office of his newspaper in central Istanbul.

A colonel and five subordinates who held key posts in the coastal city of Trabzon when a group of local youths hatched the plot were sentenced by a court in the Black Sea port.

Prosecutors said police received prior intelligence of a plot to kill Dink which had been organized in Trabzon, home to the self-confessed gunman, aged 17 at the time of the murder.

Dink had campaigned for reconciliation between Turks and Armenians over their bloody past.

In September, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Turkish authorities had failed to take adequate measures to protect Dink.

compiled from agency reports