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Dink Case: Convicted murderer claims third person involvement in assassination plot

hrant_dinkArmeniaNow -- A Turkish ultranationalist currently serving a lengthy jail term for murdering Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink claims to possess information about a third person involved in the crime and regrets having become what he described as a victim of media propaganda.

Ogun Samast, who was sentenced to 22 years and 10 months in prison earlier this year for assassinating Dink in front of the Armenian Agos newspaper’s office in Istanbul in 2007, disclosed some details of the plot in an interview with the Turkish daily, Taraf, published at the weekend.

He, in particular, said that besides himself and Yasin Hayal, another nationalist who gave Samast the idea, supplied him with a weapon and money to accomplish the plot, there was also a third person connected to Dink’s murder. Samast said he would reveal that person’s identity if the appeals court overturned the verdict passed against him in January.

According to the convict, the people and media that were describing Dink as a “traitor” and making a target of him for nationalist attacks were equally guilty of murder.

“I said in all my testimonies that when I saw Dink first, I felt sorry for him. I didn’t want to kill him, but then, I remembered certain things. I cannot disclose them now, but I will speak out when the time comes,” Samast said.

“I committed an error, and I am now answering for it by spending my youth in prison,” he added.

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