Suspect arrested over Russian envoy murder in Turkey

Suspect arrested over Russian envoy murder in Turkey

A former Turkish civil servant and suspected senior member of FETO was arrested today in connection with the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov.

Security units in the capital Ankara arrested an individual identified as S.S., formerly employed by the Turkish Information and Communication Technologies Authority (ICTA), also identified as a senior Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) member and the superior of Mevlut Mert Altintas, the Russian envoy’s late assassin, Anadolu Agency reported.

The suspect S.S. was found to be a user of ByLock, an encrypted cellphone app used by coup-plotters, said a security source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

The suspect is also believed to be responsible for deleting Altintas's e-mails and for conveying the terror group's instructions to him and organizing the assassination, added the source.

In January, another former ICTA civil servant was arrested and remanded in custody on charges of association in plotting manslaughter, according to security sources.

Andrey Karlov was killed at an Ankara art gallery on December 19, 2016 by Altintas, an off-duty police officer linked to the FETO terrorist group who was shot dead by police that day.