Turkish Prosecutors Charge 7th Suspect in Journalist’s Murder

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Turkish prosecutors charged a seventh suspect Wednesday for his alleged involvement in the slaying of ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

Dink, who spoke out about the mass killings of Armenians in the early 20th century, was gunned down outside his newspaper Jan. 19 in a killing that shocked the nation and raised concerns that Turkey, which aspires to achieve EU membership, remains a country where intellectuals are not free to openly express their ideas.

A prosecutor’s office said Salih Hacisalihoglu was charged for his alleged involvement in the killing, without specifying the exact charges.

The 30-year-old was detained in the Black Sea coastal city of Trabzon earlier this week.

Last week, prosecutors charged six other people, including alleged teenage gunman Ogun Samast, and Yasin Hayal, a nationalist militant. The latter served time in prison for a 2004 bombing and police say he confessed to inciting the slaying and to providing the gun and money.

Dink, the 52-year-old editor of the bilingual Ago newspaper, had been brought to trial numerous times for allegedly “insulting Turkishness,” a crime under Turkey’s penal code. His murder had inspired a massive outpouring of support for liberal values, including freedom of expression, tolerance and reconciliation between Armenians and Turks.

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