Nov 17 2017

Turkish court releases six suspects on 2016 ISIS attack to Istanbul Airport

At the third hearing of the 28 June 2016 bombing attack to Istanbul's Atatürk Airport that cost 45 lives, the court released six of the 42 suspects on bail, Cumhuriyet reports.

The prosecutor requested the release of Mahmut Tezin, Harun İçoğlu, Doğan Değerli, Faruk Yazıd, Gulmakhmad Salımov and Ahmed Bin Hamed based on their statements and the evidence collected.

Istanbul 13th Criminal Court released the six suspects but restricted their right to travel abroad. Remaining 36 suspects will remain in jail, given the nature of the crimes they are charged with and the evidence collected on them, the court ruled.

After the attack Turkish officials pointed ISIS and two of the suicide bombers were later identified as Rakim Bulgarov and Vadim Osmanov, Russian citizens of Kyrgyz and Uzbek origins. Turkish police investigators believe the attack was planned by Akhmed Chatayev, a Chechen extreme jihadist listed on U.S. list of terror suspects, who, police said, rented an apartment in Istanbul's Fatih district using a fake passport. Chatayev's current whereabouts are unknown.

The next hearing of the attack will be heard on 18 January 2018.