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Suspected mastermind of Russian ambassador’s murder remanded in Turkey

A Turkish Court has approved pre-trial detention in Turkey for the former civil servant Sahin Sogut, a suspected plotter of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, according to reports.

Karlov was shot on Dec. 19, 2016 by an off-duty Turkish police officer named Mevlut Mert Altintas.

On Monday, Ankara issued an arrest warrant for Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen along with seven members of his movement referred to by Ankara as the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) in connection with the assassination.

Sogut, a former employee of the Turkish Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA), is also considered to be a senior member of FETO, the Anadolu news agency reported.

The suspect was arrested in Ankara on Thursday after the investigation into the assassination found that he was a user of the ByLock messenger that was used by the organisers of the 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey, according to the agency.

Sogut is suspected of being responsible for deleting Altintas’ e-mails and giving instructions to him on the assassination, the security source told the agency.

Karlov was shot by Altintas in Ankara at the opening of an art gallery exhibition called “Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka through the eyes of a traveler.’’

The attacker was killed at the scene by the police.

Though the investigation is still ongoing, Turkey has repeatedly voiced suspicions that the Gulen movement, accused by the authorities of masterminding the failed coup attempt, is linked to the ambassador’s assassination.

NAN


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