ISTANBUL – The latest revidence submitted to the case investigating the murder of Hrant Dink, the late editor-in-chief of the Turkish-Armenian Agos Weekly, was found through the efforts of the journalist’s son, Arat Dink, who developed a software program that revealed misleading police information in the case, Today’s Zaman Turkish newspaper reports.
Dink was shot and killed by an ultranationalist teenager outside the offices of his newspaper in broad daylight in Istanbul on January 19, 2007. the investigation into his murder stalled when the suspected perpetrator and his accomplices were put on trial, but those who masterminded the plot to kill Dink have yet to be found and punished.
Arat Dink, acting as a detective in his father’s murder case, developed a software program to examine Telecommunications Directorate (TIB) phone records the Dink family attorneys were able to receive only a week earlier. He was able to find five phone numbers that belong to people who were present at the crime scene on the day of the murder and who spoke with Mustafa Ozturk and Salih Hacisalihoglu, two suspects in the investigation.
Fethiye Cetin, the Dink family’s lawyer, also stated that, because of Arat Dink’s software, they have been able to detect 14 other phone numbers belonging to people who were not present at the scene of the crime, but were called by two suspects who were present in the vicinity of the Agos office at the time of the assassination.
Arat Dink’s findings were submitted to the Istanbul 14th High Criminal Court by Cetin during the 24thh hearing of the trial. Cetin, recalling police officials’ statement that no phone conversation was found among the suspects on the day of the murder, accused them of providing misleading information in the case.
“We found this information with very limited resources. I find it impossible for police officials to not notice this information, given the advanced technology they possess,” Cetin stated, suggesting that police intentionally obscured the evidence.