SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 23 September 2021, Thursday |

Turkey court sentences five to life in jail over 2016 Russian envoy killing

A Turkish court on Tuesday sentenced five suspects to life in jail over the 2016 murder of Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov in Ankara, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Six other suspects were acquitted while seven others were convicted of membership of an armed terrorist group, NTV broadcaster reported, without giving further details.

The suspects were accused of links to the 22-year-old gunman, Mevlut Mert Altintas, who was killed by Turkish special forces shortly after he assassinated Karlov at a photo exhibition in the Turkish capital.