The trial of 28 defendants, including Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) ringleader Fetullah Gülen, regarding the murder of the Russian Federation’s Ambassador to Ankara, Andrey Karlov, by police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, who was not on duty at the time, was held.
At the hearing held at the Ankara 2nd High Criminal Court, detained defendants Hüseyin Badce, Ramazan Yücel and Şahin Söğüt, 10 of the defendants pending trial and lawyers were present in the courtroom. Communication was established with the other detained defendants from the prison where they were held, via video conference method.
Defendant Ahmet Kılınçarslan, who made a defense against the merits, argued that he was not involved in the assassination and was not a member of the organization. Kılınçarslan, who stated that he had been detained for about 4 years, demanded his release and acquittal.
The defendant, Salih Yılmaz, said in his defense that he did not accept the accusation of FETÖ that he was involved in the police structure. Stating that the allegation was directed to him in line with the information on the memory card obtained from the secret witness code named “Garson”, Yılmaz claimed that the allegations did not reflect the truth and there was no concrete evidence.
Yılmaz stated that the phone line that allegedly used the encrypted communication program ByLock of the organization was opened on his behalf, but when the base records were examined, it was understood that the line was used in Muğla, and claimed that he did not use the program himself.
Yılmaz argued that his account in Bank Asya was also a salary account and he was not guilty, claiming that he did not deposit money with the order of the organization.
The defendant Şahin Söğüt, alleged to be the “brother” of the assassin Altıntaş in the organization, requested his release, claiming that he did not have the slightest connection with Altıntaş.
Some defendants demanded time to defend the merits.
After receiving the release and other requests of the defendants and their lawyers, the court board announced the interim decisions.
The delegation rejected the release requests of the detained defendants and ruled to continue their current status. The court, which decided to give time until the next hearing to the defendants who demanded time for defense on the merits, also decided to ease the judicial control conditions applied for some of the detained defendants.
The court, which decided to wait for the execution of the arrest warrants against the fugitive defendants, including the leader of the organization Gülen, adjourned the trial to 20 November.