ISTANBUL — A new book authored by journalist Adem Yavuz Arslan seeks to shed light on some of the shady aspects of the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was shot dead by a nationalist teenager in broad daylight in front of his office four years ago.
Arslan’s book, “There’s this Armenian: The Codes of the Dink Operation”, puts forward new evidence which indicates that the murder had been masterminded from the start by dark forces.
“This murder was not committed just by a few ultranationalists, but was carefully planned in minute detail from the start, as part of shady groups’ attempts to create chaos in the country,” Arslan told Today’s Zaman, asserting that the investigation should start from scratch in light of the evidence he provides in his book.
He alleges that the Dink murder is part of a larger plan to drive Turkey away from the European Union. He also asserts that the journalist’s murder is linked to the brutal 2007 killings of three Christians in Malatya.
Arslan’s book details many connections between members of Ergenekon – a clandestine gang with members nested within the state hierarchy whose members are currently on trial for attempting to overthrow the government by force. Ergenekon is accused of being behind many atrocious crimes and plots that sought to create chaos in Turkey, which they hoped would trigger a military takeover.
The book provides new evidence that confirms links that were suspected earlier between key Ergenekon suspect Veli Kucuk, a retired general, and Col. Ali Oz, who was gendarmerie regiment commander in Trabzon – the hometown of hitman, Ogun Samast, and other suspects in the trial and the city where the plot to assassinate Dink was hatched.

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