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Turkish Court Extends Custody of Suspected Killer of Russian Su-24 Pilot

© Photo : DHAAlparslan Celik
Alparslan Celik - Sputnik International
A Turkish court ruled Tuesday to extend custody of suspected killer of Russian pilot in Syria until Alparslan Celik until June 8, 2017, as part of a fraud case, Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Monday, Celik's lawyer said his client may stay in custody for some time over an old case dating back to 2010 as he was sentenced to 2.5 years of jail over counterfeiting fraud.

As he was released two months before the end of the jail term to see his family, he escaped and went to fight in the Syrian war.

At the same time, Turkish prosecutors have reopened a case against Celik related to his role in the death of Russian servicemen in Syria after new evidence has surfaced.

Celik is now suspected of destroying one of two Mi-8 helicopters that were taking part in the search and rescue operation for the pilots of the downed Russian Su-24. A Russian Marine was killed in the incident. 

On Monday Vladimir Putin received a letter from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressing readiness to resolve bilateral crisis caused by the downing of a Russian combat plane by the Turkish fighter jet last year. 

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