Turkish police detained 7 people suspected of being linked to the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, after the prosecutors office in Istanbul issued arrest warrants for nine suspects on Tuesday.
Seven former police officers including Faruk S, Onur K, Osman G, Yilmaz A. and Mehmet A. were detained by anti-terror police teams. The operations are still continuing to seize the two remaining suspects.
Arrest warrants for the nine suspects include charges of assisting with murder, forgery and concealing and destroying official documents.
Accordingly, two police officers, Ozkan Mumcu and Muhittin Zenit, were arrested earlier in January 2015 on charges of neglect of duty and misconduct.
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.
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 the prosecutor on Dec. 26 on suspicion of misconduct and neglect of duty, but were released by the court. However, prosecutor appealed the decision and the Istanbul 5th Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for both suspects.
They were taken into custody on the mentioned charges, becoming the first public officials to be arrested in the Dink case.