"[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.
"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.