ANKARA (Sputnik) — The Turkish prosecutor’s office has not charged Alparslan Celik, citing "lack of evidence":
"The prosecutors refused to charge [Alparslan] Celik with killing of the Russian pilot, having studied evidence presented in the case and declared it insubstantial. The issue of charging him with illegal possession and storage of weapons is being resolved now. Celik is still in custody," the lawyer told RIA Novosti.
Celik was arrested alongside 13 others in the Turkish city of Izmir in early April on charges of illegal gun possession. The suspect previously said that he had not shot at Peshkov but had accepted the responsibility for the killing as a commander of a militant group. Celik insisted he had repeatedly ordered his men to take the Russian pilot prisoner, and not to shoot at him.