Five years ago, Hrant was gunned down in front of his Istanbul office by a 17-year-old Turk named Ogun Samast. Dink, an outspoken member of Turkey’s dwindling Armenian community and the editor of the newspaper, Agos, had long been subject to public vilification and state harassment. His death was a shock, but it was no surprise.
Samast was convicted last year of the killing, and sentenced to over 22 years. It was obvious, however, that the teenager was not acting alone: not only had Samast himself confessed he was driven by a group of people whom he called “older brothers;” In 2010 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Turkish authorities had “failed to act on information they received that could have prevented Dink’s murder and had failed to investigate the role of state officials in his death.”