ANKARA: Pamuk sees defenders of 301 responsible for Dink’s murder

Pamuk sees defenders of 301 responsible for Dink’s murder

Jan 22 2007

People are still paying tribute to Turkish-Armenian journalist
Hrant Dink, who was killed on Friday, by laying flowers at the scene
of murder.

Guncelleme: 16:32 TSÝ 22 Ocak 2007 PazartesiISTANBUL – The
responsibility for the murder of Turkish-Armenian writer Hrant Dink
should be laid at the door of those who tried to portray him as an
enemy of Turkey, Turkey’s Noble Laureate Orhan Pamuk said late Sunday.

Speaking during a visit to the offices of the Argos newspaper in
Istanbul, where Dink was gunned down Friday, Pamuk said that those
who were still defending article 301 of the Turkish penal code were
responsible of Dink’s death.

"Certainly we all are responsible…. But firstly, those who declared
our brother an enemy of Turkey are responsible," Pamuk said.

Pamuk, who along with Dink was also tried under notorious article
301 of the Turkish Penal Code, which covers the crime of "insulting
Turkishness", said that Dink, who was the editor in chief and founder
of Agos, was killed because he expressed his thoughts.

Famous Turkish singer Sezen Aksu visited the Dink family and spoke
of her sadness at having lost one of Turkey’s most courageous citizens.

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