ANKARA (Sputnik) — According to Ustundag, the indictment will unlikely contain homicide charges due to the lack of evidence, and Celik may be just charged of illegal gun possession.
"We expect the Prosecutor's office to prepare the indictment on Monday or Tuesday," Ustundag told RIA Novosti.
The Russian Su-24 combat plane was shot down by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet over Syria on November 24, 2015, and fell 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the Turkish border. The crew of the plane ejected and one of the pilots, Oleg Peshkov, was killed by fire from the ground, while the second pilot survived and was later rescued.
Following the incident, the relations between Russia and Turkey have been strained and Moscow has imposed a set of economic restrictive measures against Turkey in retaliation.