ISTANBUL, Turkey – One of the suspects in the murder of ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink issued what appeared to be a threat against Nobel Prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk on Wednesday, the Anatolia news agency reported.
"Orhan Pamuk, be smart, be smart!" Yasin Hayal shouted to reporters as he was being brought to an Istanbul courtroom. Hayal, a nationalist militant, confessed to inciting the slaying of Dink and to providing a gun and money to the alleged killer, police said.
The suspects in the murder of Dink, an influential voice in Turkey's Armenian community who angered nationalists by calling the mass killing of Armenians in the early 20th century genocide, were brought before a court on Wednesday after questioning by police.
Like Dink, Orhan Pamuk had faced trial for commenting on the killings of Armenians and had been accused of treason for doing so. Pamuk's case was thrown out on a technicality, and he went on to win the Nobel Prize in literature last year.