Five people are sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Russian Ambassador Karlov


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The verdict was announced in the case of 28 defendants, including the leader of the FETÖ, regarding the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Ankara Karlov.

In the case of the assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara Karlov, where 3 defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment twice and once for the other two accuseds.


Şahin Söğüt, who was said to be the “brother of the organization” Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, who killed Karlov, was sentenced to two life sentences.

Former intelligence officer Vehbi Kürşad Akalın, who was reported to have leaked information about Karlov to the organization, was also sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and the death penalty.

Salih Yılmaz, who was determined to refer the assassination order of Ambassador Karlov to Altintas, was sentenced twice to hard life imprisonment.

In the case, a separate order was issued for the files of 9 escaped suspects, including the leader of the Gülen terrorist organization, Fethullah Gülen, and Emrullah Uslu.


Andrei Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, was killed by armed bullets in Ankara in December 2016 while visiting an art gallery.

The assassin was also killed by the Turkish security forces simultaneously.

Karlov was Russia’s ambassador to Ankara since 2013.

He was 62 years old at the time of his death and prior to that was the Soviet Union’s ambassador to North Korea and Russia’s ambassador to Seoul.

At the same time, the Council of the Russian Federation protested the host government’s treatment of its ambassador to Turkey, who was killed by a young police officer.

Saying the incident was the result of “gross negligence on the part of law enforcement authorities.”