Turkey Prosecutor’s Office names orchestrators of Ambassador Andrey Karlov's assassination

Turkey Prosecutor’s Office names orchestrators of Ambassador Andrey Karlov's assassination
Assassination of Ambassador Andrey Karlov in Turkey

Former police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas killed the Russian Ambassador at a photo exhibition opening ceremony in Ankara in 2016. Mevlut was later shot dead by the Turkish police.

It was supporters of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen of the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETO) who orchestrated the 2016 assassination.

The Ankara Prosecutor General notified the NTV Turkish Channel about it, citing prosecutors’ opinion. Mevlut was linked to five FETO members who ordered him to assassinate Karlov, according to prosecutors.

It was also reported documents proving the assassination had been planned in advance were found among Mevlut’s possessions. This means Turkish prosecutors’ official opinion confirms Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement in which he linked Mevlut to Fethullah Gulen’s supporters. Erdogan made the statement in December of 2016.

May we remind you that Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot by former police officer Mevlut Mert Altinta at the Russia Through Turks' Eyes Photo Exhibition opening ceremony in the Ankara Modern Art Gallery on the evening of December 19. The assassin disguised as a security approached the ambassador and shot him in the back several times. The ambassador died in hospital; the assassin was shot dead while resisting arrest. The Turkish police and Russian Investigative Committee are investigating the assassination. The latter opened a criminal case for committing an “act of international terrorism.”

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