Senior Turkish official arrested on Hrant Dink murder probe

Istanbul court rules to arrest Ali Fuat Yilmazer, already in prison over 'parallel state" probe, on allegedly involved in the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

An Istanbul court ruled on Thursday on the arrest of former head of Turkish police intelligence department Ali Fuat Yilmazer on allegedly involved in the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.

Yilmazer, who was one of the police intelligence department heads at the time of the murder in 2007, was already under arrest in Silivri Prison over his alleged involvement in "parallel state" - term used by the Turkish officials to designate a purported group of Turkish bureaucrats and senior officials allegedly embedded in the country's institutions, including the judiciary and police, to undermine the government. 

Istanbul's 5th Penal Court heard Yilmazer on Thursday and ruled on his arrest on charges of "forming an organization to commit a crime" and "aiding and abetting".   

Yilmazer had testified on Dec. 4, 2014 as part of an investigation into the Dink murder. 

Dink was one of the founders of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos. He was assassinated outside his office in Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2007.

His murderer, Ogun Samast, who was 17 years old at the time, was tried and convicted in 2011.

Samast, who is serving a 23-year sentence in prison, said he killed Dink for insulting “Turkishness”. 

TRTWorld and agencies