New round of trials of public officials starts today. The hearing will continue on March 14, 16 and 17.
Trials of public
officials, including former police chiefs Celalettin Cerrah, Engin
Dinç, Ramazan Aküyrek, Ali Fuat Yılmazer, Ahmet İlhan Güler,
During the previous round, arrested suspect Ali Fuat Yılmazer, former chief of the Office C of Istanbul Directorate of Security Intelligence Branch, completed his defence. In this round, cross examination of Yılmazer will be carried out. After the cross examination, witnesses will be heard.
The court decided to hear 52 people as witnesses, including Muammer Güler, former Minister of Interior and the Govenor of Istanbul at the time of murder; former police chief Hanefi Avcı; former police chief Recep Güven; former deputy police chief Emin Arslan; Hüseyin Yavuzdemir, the Governor of Trabzon at the time of murder; former inspector Ayşegül Genç; former deputy police chief of Istanbul Hakan Aydın Türkeli; former chief of Istanbul counter-terrorism branch Selim Kutkan and journalist Nedim Şener.
Friends of Hrant: the case is still focused on a single branch
Friends of Hrant made a statement in front of the courthouse before the hearing. Speaking on behalf of Friends of Hrant, Bülent Aydın said, “We came close to the truth, but the case is still focused on a passive branch. Clarifying the Dink murder would pave the way for clarifying other dark murders.”