Turkish Citizen Suspected On Killing Journalist “Hrant Dink” Detained in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyz authorities on Friday said they have arrested a Turkish citizen allegedly involved in the killing of Hrant Dink, a prominent Istanbul-Armenian journalist.    

Kyrgyz Interior Ministry in a statement said that the suspect, a Turkish national born in 1984, was detained on February 26 with a fake passport and driving license.

The ministry, however, did not reveal more details on the identity of the suspect, but said investigation found that he was also behind several crimes in Turkey.

“Investigators found out that the man is wanted in Turkey for several alleged crimes, including involvement in the killing of journalist Hrant Dink,” the ministry said.

A criminal case has been registered on the article of “falsification of documents and illegal crossing of the state border of the Kyrgyz Republic,” the statement said, adding the suspect will remain in custody in Bishkek until further procedures.

Dink, 53, who was also editor-in-chief of Agos newspaper, was gunned down in broad daylight on January 19, 2007 in Istanbul.

After the murder, tens of thousands of people gathered in central Istanbul to mourn.


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