LAWYER CLAIMS MIT GAVE ORDER TO KILL DINK IN CYRILLIC
Sept 10 2013
Fethiye Cetin claimed in her newly published book that the order to
kill Dink was given by the National Intelligence Organization (MÝT)
via an encrypted message written in Cyrillic
Fethiye Cetin, one of the lawyers of the family of murdered
Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, claimed in her newly published
book that the order to kill Dink was given by the National Intelligence
Organization (MÝT) via an encrypted message written in Cyrillic,
the Milliyet daily reported on Monday. Cetin based her claims on
explanations and documents from Ramazan Dundar, a cryptology expert
The late editor-in-chief of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, Dink was
shot dead in broad daylight on Jan. 19, 2007, by an ultranationalist
teenager outside the offices of his newspaper in Ýstanbul. The gunman,
Ogun Samast, and 18 others were brought to trial. The investigation
into his murder was stalled but the suspected perpetrator and his
accomplices were put on trial. However, the final ruling issued by
the Ýstanbul 14th High Criminal Court last year failed to appease
those expecting justice to be served.
In her book, titled “Utanc Duyuyorum-Hrant Dink Cinayeti’nin Yargýsý”
(I am ashamed — Trial of Hrant Dink’s Murder), Cetin says she
received a phone call on March 16, 2010, from a man who called
himself “Ramazan” and said he works as a cryptology expert at MÝT’s
East Anatolia regional office. He said he had an important document
regarding Dink’s murder and would give the document to Cetin if she
went to the French Consulate in Aleppo to collect it.
Cetin said her friend in Gaziantep agreed to go to Aleppo on her behalf
to collect the document. In the meantime, she said she continued
to communicate with Ramazan over Skype and the man showed her some
encrypted documents about Dink’s murder.
“I did not understand anything. I asked the man what those documents
had to do with Dink’s murder,” Cetin said.
In response, Ramazan said: “The documents that I have are encrypted.
In correspondence, no state office says, ‘Go and kill Dink’.”
Cetin said the encrypted messages were deciphered with the help of
Dundar to reveal the execution order given by MÝT for Dink.
In her book, Cetin also included MÝT’s response to her allegation. She
said she went to the prosecutor’s office and asked several questions
that were directed at MÝT. In response, MÝT denied the allegations
of giving an execution order for Dink, saying that MÝT does not have
an employee named Ramazan Dundar and that the document provided by
Dundar does not belong to MÝT.