Intel heads to be asked about Dink .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ISTANBUL - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan approved the Prime Ministry Inspection Report about the murder of Turkish Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, which has opened the way for an investigation against two high-ranking police officers.

Ramazan Akyürek, the country’s top police intelligence chief, and Ali Fuat Yılmazer, Istanbul’s police intelligence chief, may be investigated for negligence of duty, under allegations that they did not prevent Dink’s murder although they had intelligence preceding it.

At the time of the murder, Akyürek was police chief of the Black Sea province of Trabzon, where suspects of Dink’s murder came from, and Yılmazer was the branch director of the intelligence department in charge of right-wing terror and minorities in Ankara.

Erdoğan approved the report at the beginning of December. The report is currently with the Interior Ministry for the approval of Minister Beşir Atalay. After Atalay’s approval, it is expected that inspectors will be allocated to investigate these officials.

The Prime Ministry report was prepared upon the demand of Dink’s family to determine which officials neglected their duties. The report states that a preliminary investigation would be appropriate against Akyürek and Yılmazer, together with other officials still to be determined.

Abatement for Hayal
Meanwhile, the prosecutor of another case against Dink’s murder suspect, Yasin Hayal, over the bombing of a McDonalds’ restaurant in Trabzon in 2004, requested a reduction in Hayal's sentence because he had repented.

Hayal was sentenced to six years in prison for the bombing, however, the Supreme Court of Appeals overruled the decision. Prosecutor Yakup Ünal Demir did not demand a widening of the investigation.

Hayal is one of the main suspects in Dink’s murder and he is alleged to have planned and incited the murder. Erhan Tuncel, another main suspect of the murder case is alleged to have organized the McDonalds’ bombing together with Hayal, but was charged by police as an informer after the bombing.

Dink, the editor in chief of the multilingual weekly Agos, was shot to death in the central Şişli district of Istanbul on Jan. 19, 2006.