ISTANBUL (Armenpress)–A Turkish penal court on Thursday ruled against a man convicted of sending threatening and racist letters to the Turkish Armenian daily Newspaper Agos days after the murder of Hrant Dink in January 2007.
The Sisli Penal Court in Istanbul sentenced Zafer Filiz to three years of imprisonment. The sentence was given without the possibility of deferment.
Filiz had sworn at Armenia’s and said, "Remember, we have more Catlis and Samasts," referring to Abdullah Catli, a famous mafia leader, and Ogun Samast, the young man accused of shooting Hrant Dink.
Agos Lawyer Fethiye Cetin welcomed the ruling. She also found it positive that the court decree was not suspended.
The same court had given 19-year-old Ridvan Dogan to a suspended two year sentence in October last year because he had sent a threatening email to Agos. The sentence was deferred because he expressed regret and had no previous convictions.
The International Hrant Dink Foundation was sent death threats through email early this year. Cetin filed a criminal complaint with the Sisli Prosecution in Istanbul on January 22, demanding the identification and punishment of the person(s) who had sent the messages.