Turkey: Life terms sought in journalist killing

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Posted: Sep 19, 2011 10:47 AM
Turkey: Life terms sought in journalist killing

Turkey's state-run news agency says a prosecutor is demanding life imprisonment for seven men accused of involvement in the killing of an ethnic Armenian journalist.

Hrant Dink was shot outside his office in 2007, a killing allegedly motivated by ethnic tensions.

In July, a juvenile court sentenced a now 21-year-old Turkish nationalist hardliner to nearly 23 years in prison for killing Dink.

Nineteen other people are on trial separately, accused of instigating the killing.

The Anatolia agency says the prosecutor on Monday recommended seven suspects serve a life term, arguing the murder was based on "ideology" and amounted to an act against "the Turkish state and its order."

He said five suspects should serve three years in prison, while seven others should be acquitted.