Turkey sentences 5 people to life over Russian envoy’s killing

Andrei Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty policeman while speaking at a photo exhibition opening in Ankara in 2016.

Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, right, at an art gallery in Ankara in December 2016 [File: Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo]
Mevlut Mert Altintas shouts after shooting Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, right, at an art gallery in Ankara in December 2016 [File: Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo]

A Turkish court has sentenced five people to life in jail over the murder of the Russian ambassador in Ankara more than five years ago, according to media in Turkey.

Andrei Karlov was shot dead by an off-duty policeman while speaking at a photo exhibition opening in the Turkish capital on December 19, 2016.

Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, shouted “Don’t forget Aleppo!” as he opened fire, apparently referring to Russia’s involvement in Syria’s war. He was shot dead by police at the scene.

State broadcaster TRT Haber said on Tuesday three of the convicted people were given two life sentences without parole, while the two others received one life sentence each, also without parole.

The late Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, speaking at a gallery exhibition in Ankara before he was shot by Mevlut Mert Altintas, seen at rear on the left [File: Burhan Ozbilici/AP Photo]
Six other suspects were acquitted while seven others were convicted of membership of an armed “terrorist” group, NTV broadcaster reported, without giving further details.

President Tayyip Erdogan had said Muslim religious leader Fethullah Gulen’s movement was behind the assassination, a charge Gulen has denied.

Ankara also blames Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, for a failed coup in July 2016.

In 2018, Turkey indicted 28 people over the killing, naming Gulen as the prime suspect. The suspects were charged with attempting to “overthrow the constitutional order”, membership of a “terrorist organisation” and of premeditated murder.

The cases of Gulen and nine others were being handled separately.

Source: News Agencies

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