Turkish police said on Nov. 27 they had detained five people in relation to the killing in Istanbul of an Iranian citizen who is believed to be an opponent of Iran’s government.
Masoud Molavi died after he was shot at from a car in Istanbul’s central district of Şişli on Nov. 14. Molavi is said to be a former Iranian intelligence employee who later became an opponent of Tehran.
Following the murder, Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency (MİT) and Istanbul police’s intelligence branch launched an investigation into the incident.
Police said that the alleged killer, identified only as Abdulvahap K., was apprehended in an operation carried out in Istanbul’s Arnavutköy, while four others were detained over helping the gunman obtain the weapon he used and helping him hide.
A special team, meanwhile, was formed to investigate the murder’s international links.