Family of policeman who killed Russian envoy Refuses to accept body
Thursday, 05 January 2017


The body of the policeman who gunned down the Russian ambassador to Turkey last month will be buried in a municipal cemetery after his family refused to accept his remains, according to judicial sources on Wednesday.

On Dec. 19, 22-year-old Mevlut Mert Altintas shot Andrey Karlov while the diplomat delivered a speech at an art exhibition in the Turkish capital Ankara.

Altintas was later shot dead in an exchange of fire with security personnel.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Forensic Medicine Institute in Ankara completed an autopsy on the policeman's body on Dec. 21. Since then no one has claimed the remains.

According to the institute, the body of the assailant needed to be claimed within 15 days.

Police findings show Altintas was linked to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) which has deep ties to the CIA. The group was also behind Turkey’s failed July 15 coup attempt.