Turkey - Security camera footage ignored by police shows editor's killer had accomplices

    MONTREAL, June 6 /CNW Telbec/ - NTV and other Turkish media have for the
past four days been airing footage of the surveillance cameras of a bank and a
shop near the Istanbul-based weekly Agos that was recorded on 19 January 2007,
the day the newspaper's editor, Hrant Dink, was gunned down outside.
    The footage shows other people with the alleged killer, Ogun Samast, and
proves that the Dink family's lawyers were right to criticise the police for
not using it in their investigation.
    "A year and a half after Dink's murder, we finally have proof that the
investigation neglected some of the participants, who are still at large,"
Reporters Without Borders said. "The way this case was handled by the police
and judicial authorities shows a lack of will to expose the entire network
involved in this murder. This constitutes gross negligence. We hope this new
evidence will be used to relaunch the investigation."
    The security camera recordings show the comings and goings of the
suspects during the hours preceding Dink's murder.
    Samast, the youth who allegedly shot Dink, appears for the first time in
the footage at 12:53 on 19 January 2007. He is seen again, walking not very
far away from the Agos office.
    Dink is seen at 14:40, when he goes to the bank located 10 metres away
from the newspaper. After getting a numbered ticked for the queue to see one
of the bank clerks, he emerges from the bank in order to wait outside.
    A man with his back to Dink turns to see what is happening behind him at
14:53 and 12 seconds. He continues to do this at regular intervals. He
disappears from the frame for an instant, then returns, takes up position in
front of the bank and makes a call with his mobile phone.
    Dink returns and goes into the bank at 14:53 and 51 seconds. The man
shuts his mobile phone and walks away. Dink reemerges from the bank about four
minutes later.
    The cameras turn towards the Agos building at 14:57 and 44 seconds. Less
than two minutes later, at 14:59 and 14 seconds, Samast is seen fleeing down
Safak street after shooting Dink. He is followed by two men, including the one
who was seen earlier in the bank footage. They look at Samast and then
disappear into a building under construction.
    The police questioned most of the people who were at the scene of the
murder. The person in charge of the building site said at the time that the
two men were not part of his team of employees. They still have not been

    The next hearing in the trial of Dink's alleged killers before an
Istanbul court of assizes is scheduled for 7 July.

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For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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