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Turk who confessed to Russian pilot’s death jailed for 5 years on weapons charges

May 22, 15:49 UTC+3 ANKARA

Alparslan Celik took the blame for Russian pilot’s death upon himself, as his fighters did not follow his order and continued firing, although he personally did not kill the pilot

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A monument at the grave of Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov

A monument at the grave of Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov

© Anton Butsenko/TASS

ANKARA, May 22. /TASS/. Alparslan Celik, who confessed to killing Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov, has been sentenced today to five years in prison for illegal firearms possession, Celik’s lawyer Taskin Kangal told TASS.

"I confirm that Alparslan Celik has been sentenced to five years of imprisonment for carrying a weapon. We haven’t received the written court judgement, but I confirm the sentence," he said.

Celik, being a Grey Wolves leader, took the blame for the pilot’s death upon himself, as his fighters did not follow his order and continued firing, although he personally did not kill the pilot. The incident occurred in Syria on November 24, 2015, when the Turkish air force shot down a Russian Su-24, killing its pilot Oleg Peshkov.

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