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Call for all relevant evidence to be incorporated into Hrant Dink murder file

first_img Receive email alerts News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News October 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for all relevant evidence to be incorporated into Hrant Dink murder file April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey RSF_en to go furthercenter_img April 2, 2021 Find out more News April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders is outraged by reports of the disappearance of evidence in the investigation into the murder of Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor Hrant Dink. The second hearing in the trial of Dink’s alleged murderers was held before a court in the Istanbul district of Besikta on 1 October. The press freedom organisation also regrets that the trial judge rejected its request to be formally registered as a civil party in the case on the grounds that it was not directly affected by the murder of Dink, who was gunned down outside the Istanbul office of his newspaper, Agos, on 19 January.“Evidence proving that the authorities – especially those in Trabzon, where most of the defendants lived – knew of the plans to kill Dink has been deliberately ignored,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The justice system can no longer deny this. Yet it refuses to do its duty and prosecute those members of the security forces who have been incriminated. This is simply outrageous.”The organisation added: “We have learned with great disappointed that our request to be registered as a civil party in this case has been refused on the grounds that the Dink murder did not directly concern us. The authorities did not see the need to inform us of this decision, which was reported to us by our local correspondent.”The second hearing was marked by the testimony of Ogün Samast, the youth who has confessed to firing the shots that killed Dink. At the request of the Dink family lawyers, the two defendants who allegedly persuaded Samast to shoot Dink – Yasin Hayal and Erhan Tuncel – were removed from the court while he gave his evidence.Samast said he “felt remorse” and “had not understood” the significance of murdering Dink because he was on drugs. He said was forced to go ahead with the shooting by Hayal, who gave him Ecstasy pills. He added that he did not know Dink had a family, and if he had known, he would not have done it. A routine medical test carried out at the time of his arrest nonetheless indicates he lied about one point at least – he was not under the influence of any drug, the test showed.The hearing continued until 11:30 pm to allow the court to hear evidence from other defendants, who tried to established that the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), now also known as Kongra-Gel, and even Israel and the United States were involved in the murder.The hearing coincided with the publication in the Turkish media of the recording of a phone conversation between Mühittin Zenit, one of the police officers in Trabzon, and Erhan Tuncel, one of the defendants. The conversation, which took place about half an hour after the murder, indicates that Zenit had prior knowledge of the murder plan.Dink family lawyer Fethiye Cetin also pointed out that the videotape of a surveillance camera outside a bank near Dink’s newspaper disappeared after being taken by the police. “Something is being covered up,” he said. “Certain relations between (…) the gunman and those very close to him may have been discovered, but not those really responsible for the murder.”The court decided for the time being not begin legal proceedings against Zenit, the policeman, who is already subject to administrative proceedings. The representatives of the civil parties in the case fear that this means that Zenit will never be tried for his role in the murder. Meanwhile on 29 September, the interior ministry ordered an investigation to determine who leaked the recording of his phone conversation to the media.The next hearing is set for 11 February. Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

“I had to apologise to my children”

first_imgPrint WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook TAGSAdapt HouseDomestic abusefeaturedlimerick Twitter by Bernie [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “When I left him, I had to apologise to my kids for bringing them up in a place where their mother lived in terror. It was the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life”.Those are the words of Limerick City woman, Deirdre, who left and abusive marriage after 25 years of being at the mercy of her husband’s absolute control and violent mood swings.“I never thought I was in an abusive relationship because he never laid a finger on me, Yet now I know that’s exactly what it was.I lived in fear of how he would be when he came through the door for all those years”.Deirdre was sharing her experience of escaping abuse during the international 16 days of opposition to violence against women.When Deirdre married, she had no idea what was ahead.“The first time I saw him carry on the way he did for most of our marriage was after our second child was born. He was hammering at something on the landing. It was late at night and a neighbour came in and asked me to ask him to stop the noise.“When I did, he threw the hammer at me from the top of the stairs”.“He was depressed and he would stay in bed for most of the day. But I had to listen for his every move and have a cup of tea ready, at drinkable temperature, when he finally came down the stairs. If it wasn’t how he liked it, he would throw it at me”.Deirdre says she lost her friends as she could never predict whether her husband would be gracious or insulting to them if they called. “I had no social life. He wanted to know where I was every minute of every day. If I went anywhere, he would call my mobile constantly and it had better be switched on”.A combination of depression and drink added fuel to her husband’s fire and the final straw came when their teenage son walked out of the house in the middle of the night after being roused by “roaring and shouting. He demanded we go after him and when we found my son, he hit him. That was the end for me. I realised that this wasn’t normal.”.Deirdre planned to use money she had stashed to accommodate her husband’s drinking to get away. She initially went to another part of the country and then was put in touch with Adapt services in Limerick.“I stayed with them for a few months and I can’t say enough about the support they gave me. When I wanted to talk, they were there. When I couldn’t talk about it, they were there too”.Deirdre has since moved back into the marital home that her husband left and has found a job.“I want women to know that just because they don’t have physical bruises doesn’t mean that they are not suffering abuse. But there is support and there is escape”, she said. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WhatsApp Previous article€10 000 missing from Limerick PrisonNext articleOn Catching the Train Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img News“I had to apologise to my children”By Bernie English – December 4, 2015 803 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Linkedinlast_img read more