ISTANBUL (Hurriyet Daily News)—The 10th Administrative Court of Istanbul ruled that the ministry had the means to prevent the assassination and ruled for 100,000 Turkish Liras to be given as compensation for the Dink Family. Alongside the compensation, the Dink family will receive 9,700 Liras for court costs.
The decision was given on the grounds that the European Court of Human Rights had sentenced Turkey for that case, among others. Both the police and gendarmerie organizations, which were guilty according to the European court’s decision, answer to the Interior Ministry.
The European court said the defense from the ministry – which had said there was no intelligence indicating a possible murder, no request from the journalist for protection and no threat of “social risk” from any incident – was inappropriate.
Daily Taraf reported on the story Friday; when the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review contact Dink Family lawyer Fethiye Çetin, who was quoted in the Taraf story on the issue, she said the story was actually old, adding that the decision was given on Oct. 27, 2010, and was only officially released Jan. 19, 2011.
The story, however, failed to make it to the press until now. Çetin thanked Taraf Editor Markar Eseyan for the top-story status granted to the news.
Dink was the editor in chief of the multilingual weekly Agos but was shot to death Jan. 19, 2007, in front of his newspaper’s building in Istanbul’s central Şişli district. The self-confessed triggerman was apprehended shortly afterwards but the Dink family defense has been arguing that the people who allegedly planned the murder, including high-ranking public officials, have been protected from the beginning.