Suspected assassin of Turkish-Armenian journalist arrested

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was killed the other day in Turkey.

A suspect has been arrested in the case of Hrant Dink, the Turkish-Armenian journalist who was assassinated yesterday. Dink was known for writing about the controversial issue of Armenian genocide, the mass killings of Armenians by Turks under the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

Ogün Samast, a 17-year-old unemployed, high-school drop out from the city of Trabzon, was taken into custody by the Turkish police as the suspected assassin of Hrant Dink. The police also confiscated his gun, suspecting that it was used to kill Dink. Ahmet Samast, father of the suspected assassin, informed the authorities regarding the whereabouts of his son after seeing the assassin's images on TV.

The Republic attorney general of Samsun stated that the suspect has confessed to committing his crime.