Dec 19 2017

Russian experts say ambassador’s assassin’s computer had Gülen-linked files

After a Turkish–Russian joint investigation failed to find anything on the hard drive of the assassin of the Russian ambassador, the Russians sent it back to their country to try “a different method”.

Now Russian authorities have discovered Fethullah Gülen-movement linked words in files that had been deleted, Hürriyet said.

“The Russian delegation identified two files with the words ‘Fethullah Gülen’, 690 with the word ‘Hizmet’ (an alternate name for the movement), four with the word ‘FETÖ’ (the Turkish government’s name for the movement) and one with the word ‘Nur Congregation’ (the group from which the movement had split),” on Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş’s computer, Hürriyet said.

They did not, however, find any references to al Qaeda, its Syrian arm or the Islamic State (ISIS), it said.

The Gülen movement, composed of the followers of exile preacher Gülen, is blamed by the Turkish government for masterminding the failed coup attempt of July 2016.

The Russian delegation met Ankara on Monday to discuss their findings, Hürriyet said, after which the prosecutors said Altıntaş’s group leader in the Gülen movement had been identified.

“In the context of this dossier, it has been made clear that police officer Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, who carried out the attack, was a FETÖ member and that the event was carried out by FETÖ,” Hürriyet quoted the prosecutor’s office as saying.