Ogun Samast

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Ogün Samast (b. 1990[1][2] in Trabzon[3]) is a Turkish ultra-nationalist who killed Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink on January 19, 2007 in front of the headquarters of his newspaper Agos, in Osmanbey, Istanbul.

Murder suspect

Killing of Hrant Dink

Hrant Dink died after being shot three times in broad daylight near his newspaper office. According to one witness, Samast ran from the scene shouting "I shot the infidel."

Arrest

Samast was identified by his father, Ahmet Samast,[4] who informed the police after he saw CCTV footage of his son on TV.[5] He was detained on Saturday January 20, the day after the murder, in an operation at the main bus station in Samsun. What is thought to be the murder weapon was found in his possession.[1]

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced Samast's arrest.[2]

Later developments

According to the official state-run news agency Anadolu, he has confessed to the killing and stated that he did not have any regrets.[6] However, several days later it was reported that Samast had stated that he was very sorry that he had killed Hrant Dink.[7] The following Monday, the Turkish police announced that Yasin Hayal, an ultra-nationalist militant who bombed a McDonald's restaurant in Trabzon in 2004, confessed to telling Samast to kill Dink and supplying the murder weapon.[8] Ogün Samast's uncle, Faik Samast has said that he did not believe that his nephew had acted alone, stating that he did not know his way around Istanbul.[9] Later, Hayal and Samast confessed that the murder was planned by Erhan Tuncel who is allegedly a police informer[10]

A Radikal story of 2 February 2007 featured pictures of Samast in the policestation where he was initially held, holding up a Turkish flag, flanked by smiling policemen.[11] A police spokesman indicated that an investigation into the video was underway.

Trial and Conviction

Ogün Samast was tried by Istanbul's Heavy Juvenile Criminal Court. He was convicted on July 25, 2011 of premeditated murder and illegal possession of a firearm. Samast was sentenced to 22 years and 10 months in prison[12] [13]. He will become eligible for parole in 2021, after serving 2/3's of his sentence.

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