Turkey's state broadcaster staff charged with terror links in Russian envoy murder case

The Ankara Chief Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday launched an investigation into one former and five current employees of Turkish state broadcaster, TRT, over the 2016 assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Turkish news site Gazete Duvar reported.

Andrei Karlov was shot by an off-duty police officer at the opening of a photographic exhibition in Ankara in 2016. The TRT staff are being investigated for broadcasting footage of the assassination, which was captured by cameras present at the exhibition opening, according to Gazete Duvar’s report.

Turkey says the gunman was a member of a secretive network led by Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, who is currently residing in the United States, and that the murder was aimed at ruining relations between Turkey and Russia. Gülen is also accused of masterminding a failed military coup in July 2016

The six were charged with the membership of Gülen movement and have been taken into custody, Gazete Duvar said.