Two police officers arrested in ex-nationalist head’s murder

Headlines 11:02 07 Jan, 2023
Two police officers arrested in ex-nationalist head’s murder

Four more suspects, including two special operations police, have been arrested in the investigation launched into the assassination of the former head of the ultra-nationalist group, Grey Wolves, bringing the total number to 10, reports.

Two attackers on a motorcycle had shot Sinan Ateş, an academic from Hacettepe University, in the head as he was leaving a building in the capital Ankara last week. Ateş, seriously injured, could not be saved despite all the interventions in the hospital.

As part of the investigation, four more people, including special operations police officers Murat Can Çolak and Aşkın Mert Gelenbey, were arrested.

Doğukan Çep, claimed to be the instigator of the attack, was also nabbed on late Jan. 5, while the alleged shooter Eray Özyağcı has still not been caught.

Çep was caught in a hotel raid carried out by the joint work of the Istanbul and Ankara police in the Beykoz district while trying to flee to the forest area. Two guns were seized during the search.

In 2013, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison together with Şahin Eren and Hakan Taşhan by an Istanbul court in the case of Hasan Ferit Gedik, who was killed by shooting at an anti-drug march in Maltepe district. Çep, for whom an arrestwarrant was issued, had been on the run for five years.