The lawyer of the killer Russian pilot intends to appeal the verdict

© RIA Novosti / Anton to Deniability in fotobounce in Ankara. Archival photoThe lawyer of the killer Russian pilot intends to appeal the verdict© RIA Novosti / Anton to Danilovmarat the image Bank

Lawyer Murat Ustundag, protecting the interests of Turkish citizen Alpaslan Celik, who had earlier claimed responsibility for the murder of Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov, told RIA Novosti that submits an appeal submitted on his client’s sentence on charges of illegal possession of weapons.

Before the court of the Turkish Izmir Celik was sentenced to five years in prison for illegal possession of weapons. The court did not consider the case of the involvement of Celik death of the Russian pilot Peshkov, the investigation into him continues.

«We insisted on a full acquittal of our client, since the weapon did not belong to him, and it was not his fingerprints. The weapons belonged to the Turkmen field commander Osman Salih. We prepare the appeal in cassation that may be considered by the highest court in the period from two to four months,» said Ustundag.

Turkish F-16 fighter 24 Nov 2015 was shot down in Syria, the Russian bomber su-24, after the bailout Peshkova shot from the ground. Immediately after the incident about the murder said çelik, however, after his arrest, he testified that did not kill the pilot, and ordered his subordinate fighters not to shoot at Peshkov. Celik and 18 other defendants were charged with illegal possession and carrying of weapons.