A Turkish civic group identifying itself as Friends of Hrant Dink on Monday held a protest outside the Istanbul Chaglayan Justice Palace to demand a fair trial over the Turkish –Armenian journalist’s assassination.
Dink, the editor-in-chief of the Turkish-Armenian daily Ago, was gunned down outside his office in the city’s Shishli district on January 19, 2007. The trial against his assassin, ultra-nationalist Ogun Samast (who was 16 at the time), has been dragging on for almost 10 years.
In a statement, the group blamed the Turkish state for collaborating with the perpetrators, Agos reports.
They activist said they no longer expect a fair trial against the backdrop of the continuing violence and abuses in Turkey. Meantime, they expressed determination to continue their “campaign for justice”.