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Killer of Turkish-Armenian journalist is jailed

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Killer of Turkish-Armenian journalist is jailed

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The chief suspect in the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink has been jailed for nearly 23 years by a court in Istanbul.

Dink, the editor of a bilingual newspaper, was shot dead four years ago near his office in the city.

He had angered nationalists with articles referring to a Turkish ‘genocide’ of Armenians in 1915. Ankara denies any genocide took place, claiming the killings occurred amid widespread unrest.

Suspect Ogun Samast was 17 and unemployed at the time of Dink’s assassination.

Last year, the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Turkey had failed to protect the journalist, after being warned that ultra-nationalists planned to kill him.