ISTANBUL (Agos)—In the ongoing investigation of the murder of Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in Turkey, an arrest warrant has been issued for the former Chief of Police Özkan Mumcu and police officer Muhittin Zenit on the grounds that “they had prior knowledge of the assassination and did not take necessary precautions.”
In issuing an arrest warrant for former Chief of Police Özkan Mumcu and police officer Muhittin Zenit, the Judge stated that the suspects had had prior knowledge of the assassination and had not acted to take necessary precautions.
Mumcu and Zenit provided statements to Investigating Prosecutor Gökalp Kökçü on December 26. The suspects were sent to the Istanbul 5th Criminal Court of Peace on duty with a request for arrest on charges of wrongful death and malpractice. The Magistrate imposed a ban on leaving the country and discharged Mumcu and Zenit.
However, Investigating Prosecutor Gökalp Kökçü appealed the decision and requested an arrest warrant for the suspects. Responding to the appeal, the Istanbul 6th Criminal Court of Peace ruled for issuing an arrest warrant for the two suspects on the grounds that they had acted in negligence regarding the murder. Within the scope of this decision, Muhittin Zenit and Özkan Mumcu will be sent to prison when they are arrested. This would be the first instance in the investigation of public officials being arrested.
Judge Fevzi Keleş stated in his verdict that there were records of Muhittin Zenit’s phone calls to murder case suspect Erhan Tuncel, and that he was aware that the assassination would take place.