ANKARA (Radikal)—Two officials of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization, or MİT, are reportedly being investigated for having warned the Istanbul Governor’s Office about articles by assassinated journalist Hrant Dink shortly before he was murdered.
Former MİT Marmara Region Deputy Director Özel Yılmaz and another MİT functionary working with him are being investigated for having warned the Governor’s Office to “be careful of Dink’s articles.” The investigation turned out to have been approved by the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Jan. 21.
One week before being murdered, Dink wrote in his Jan. 12, 2007, article called “Why have I been made a target?” that he had been “warned” by two people who had defined themselves as “guests” of the former Deputy Gov. Erol Güngör. One of those two people turned out to be Yılmaz, who is also a suspect in the Ergenekon investigation.
MİT stated in a letter sent to the high criminal court that is dealing with Dink’s case that the meeting had been done for “informative” purposes. The Ankara Prosecution Office then asked for the two MİT officials to be investigated and was granted permission by Erdoğan to investigate the file on Jan. 22 this year.
Meanwhile, inspectors of the State Audit Board met with the Dink family on April 25, upon President Abdullah Gül’s directive.
The board’s chairman Mehment İlhan and three inspectors told the Dink family they had read all the files and written books. The Dink family complained the necessary steps had not been taken by the Istanbul and Trabzon Police Departments and regarding former departmental director fighting terrorism, Selim Kutkan, who they doubt leaked information to Ergenekon suspects.