ANKARA, 9 Mar – RIA Novosti, Alena Palazhchenko. The defense of those convicted in the case of the murder of the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Andrei Karlov, will appeal against the sentences, it may take from three to five years, the lawyer of one of the accused told RIA Novosti on condition of anonymity.
Earlier, a court in Ankara announced the verdicts in the murder of Andrei Karlov. Of the 19 accused, five were sentenced to life sentences, nine were sentenced to imprisonment ranging from three years and 9 months to 15 years, and five were acquitted. The cases of nine wanted accused, including the opposition preacher Fethullah Gülen, were separated into separate proceedings at the request of the prosecutor's office.
“The defense will appeal the sentences. The filing of documents will take about three months, then the proceedings in the higher courts will continue from six months to one and a half years. As practice shows, all this can take from three to five years,” the source said.
Karlov was shot dead on December 19, 2016 at the opening of the photo exhibition “Russia from Kaliningrad to Kamchatka through the eyes of a traveler” in Ankara. According to Turkish authorities, the attack was carried out by police officer Mevlut Mert Altintash, who was eliminated by security forces. The charges were brought against 28 suspects, including the opposition Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, who denies the charges. The indictment notes that Karlov's murder is a provocation aimed at damaging Turkish-Russian relations.
The trial in the case of the murder of the Russian ambassador began on January 8, 2019.