A Turkish court adds two Saudi suspects in Khashoggi’s trial


A Turkish court adds two Saudi suspects in Khashoggi's trial

Candles lit in front of a photo of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Today, Tuesday, a Turkish court added six new defendants to the case against Saudi officials accused of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to official media reports, according to “Reuters”.

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The agency confirmed that Ankara considers this trial necessary, to reveal the full truth behind the murder, which claimed the life of the journalist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Today, in the second session of the trial that began four months ago, the court accepted a second indictment, and added six defendants to the list of 20 Saudi officials who were already tried in absentia.

The latest indictment accuses a deputy consul and a attache of “premeditated murder with brutal intent”, and the other four, Saudi citizens, are charged with “destroying, concealing, and tampering with evidence.”

The court also heard testimony from one of the witnesses, Egyptian opposition activist Ayman Nour, who was a friend of Khashoggi, before postponing the case to March 4.

Yasin Aktay, a member of the Justice and Development Party led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, indicated that “it was not expected that a fair ruling would be issued by a Saudi court that sentenced senior Saudi officials.”

He added, “The events have already occurred in Turkey. If we have concerns about justice, there is no other way but to trust the Turkish courts.”

It is worth noting that the first indictment accused two senior Saudi officials, the former deputy head of Saudi General Intelligence, Ahmed Al-Asiri, and the former royal court advisor, Saud Al-Qahtani, of inciting murder.

It pointed out that “18 other defendants were flown to Turkey to kill Khashoggi.”

And last September, a Saudi court sentenced eight people to between seven and 20 years in prison for the murder, during a trial that critics described as “lacking in transparency”, as none of the defendants were named, according to “Reuters”.

Source: Reuters

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