The suspected killer of the Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink has confessed to the murder. Ogun Samast, 17 years of age, told police he had read on the Internet that Dink had said Turkish blood was dirty so had decided to kill him.
He said he did not regret the killing. Samast was identified after his father informed authorities that the suspect shown on television was his son.
The police investigation is continuing – six other people are also being held. Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan said he was pleased the suspect had been brought into police custody in such a short time.
The killing has shocked people across the country.
One man in Ankara said: “I feel happy the murderer has been captured as much as I feel sad at Hrant Dink’s death”.
A member of Istanbul’s small Turkish-Armenian community said: “Our pain is so great because Hrant meant something to us. We Turkish Armenians living here are really scared by the assassination and we don’t know how this fear will go away.”
Flowers and candles now adorn the street in Istanbul where Dink, the editor of a Turkish-Armenian weekly, was gunned down on Friday.