Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday ordered the arrests of nine people suspected of being linked with the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in Istanbul.
Nine police officers arrested on charges of assisting murder, forgery and concealing and destroying official documents.
Former senior officers at the police intelligence department of Istanbul Ahmet Ilhan Guler, Yunus Yazar and Coskun Cakar were among the nine suspects.
A senior officer at the police intelligence department in Trabzon, Faruk Sari, who had been called to testify in late December by prosecutor Gokalp Kurkcu and was questioned on the charge of assisting manslaughter by neglecting intelligence concerning the murder, was also the subject of an arrest warrant.
Two police officers, Ozkan Mumcu and Muhittin Zenit, were arrested earlier in January 2015 on charges of neglect of duty and misconduct which led to death of the assassinated journalist.
A Trabzon local, Ogun Samast, who was 17 years of age at the time of the incident, had been jailed for seven years for plotting the murder of Dink and shooting him to death. However, in his most recent testimony Samast gave names of police chiefs that allegedly knew about the plot.
Mumcu and Zenit were first questioned by Kurkcu on Dec. 26 on suspecion of misconduct and neglect of duty, but were released by the court. However, prosecutor Kurkcu appealed the decision and the İstanbul 5th Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for both suspects.
They were taken into custody on the previously mentioned charges, becoming the first public officials to be arrested in the Dink case.