Ogun Samast, who killed the editor-in-chief of the newspaper “Agos” Hrant Dink in an armed attack on January 19, 2007, was released from prison, reports bbc.com.
newsinfrance.com writes that this information has not been confirmed by any official source or state media. It should also be noted that neither the opposition nor organizations dealing with press freedom issues welcome this decision. Samast was reportedly released for “good behavior.”
Turkish nationalist Samast was 17 at the time of the murder. In 2011, he was sentenced to 23 years in prison.
Let us recall that Hrant Dink was killed on January 19, 2007 (Western Armenia’s Independence Day) in Constantinople, in front of the editorial office of the newspaper “Akos”. Dink has always spoken openly about the genocide against the Armenians. Prior to the murder, Hrant Dink had been convicted under Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code, which provides punishment for “insulting the Turkish nation.” After his assassination, thousands of protests took place across Turkey. This killing was also condemned by foreign heads of state and the international community.