ISTANBUL–A 17-year-old accused in the shooting murder in January of Hrant Dink, a prominent Turkish-Armenian journalist, admitted killing him at his trial, but expressed remorse and said he had been under the influence of the drug Ecstasy.
The defendant, Ogun Samast, an unemployed high school dropout, also said he had been coerced by one of his co-defendants.
He ended his testimony saying that he would not have killed Dink if he had known that the journalist had a family.
Dink’s widow, daughter and brother were in the courtroom.
A total of 18 suspects are on trial for the killing.
The judge scheduled the next hearing for Feb. 11, 2008.