Russian Ambassador's Murderer Passed Exam to Join Turkish President's Guard

© AP Photo / Burhan OzbiliciA man gestures near to Andrei Karlov on ground, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016
A man gestures near to Andrei Karlov on ground, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Turkish off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas, who killed Russian ambassador to Turkey, was not accepted to become the president’s bodyguard, despite he passed an exam to join the presidential security guards.

Members of a Turkish forces honour guard carry the Russian flag-draped coffin of Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov who was assassinated Monday, as an officer, left, holds his picture during a ceremony at the airport in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Dec, 20, 2016 - Sputnik International
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ANKARA (Sputnik) — Turkish off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas, who last week murdered Russian ambassador to Turkey, had passed an exam to join the presidential security guards, but was not accepted due to little experience in police, local media reported, citing Altintas's sister Seher O.

"[Mert and S.] took an exam to guard the president in Ankara and they won. But they had been police officers for less than one year, so they were not accepted. But I’m thinking about this now. Fortunately, they weren’t able to become the president’s bodyguards," Seher O. said, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily News.

Wreaths sent by Turkey to commemorate Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov, at the entrance to Russian Foreign Ministry building in Moscow - Sputnik International
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She added that her brother was influenced by his fellow student from the police school, identified only by the initial of S., with whom he rented a house in Ankara. Altintas might have been "brainwashed" and kept away from their family, Seher O. added.

"We never forced him to read the Quran or perform prayers. We are not that kind of family … He was brainwashed and kept away from us. Some people are saying that we raised him that way, but we did not. He didn’t wear a suit and he does not know Arabic," she said, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily News.

On December 19, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot  by Altintas at an art gallery exhibition opening. Three more people were also injured in the shooting. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it considered the attack a terrorist act.

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