Related topics

Turkey Remembers Dead Journalist

January 25, 1999

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) _ Thousands gathered in cities across Turkey on Sunday to honor journalist Ugur Mumcu, killed in 1993 while investigating suspected links between drug traffickers, right-wing terrorists and the government.

Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit, himself a former journalist, said Mumcu was a fearless defender of democracy.

Prosecutors indicted their first suspect in the bombing only last month.

The suspect, Abdullah Argun Cetin, is thought to have had close ties with a key figure in death squads employed by the state to kill people seen as threats to national security, including journalists and human rights activists. Last year, the state admitted employing the death squads.

Police arrested Cetin after getting a tip that he was planning a series of slayings, including another prominent journalist.

Update hourly