The Egyptian dissident, Ayman Nour, testified today, Tuesday, in the second in absentia trial, of those accused of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in his country’s consulate in Istanbul in 2018.
“I knew Jamal Khashoggi for 30 years. We worked together on a magazine project in London. Our friendship lasted until his death. Khashoggi said he was threatened by Al-Qahtani and his family. Al-Qahtani is a figure close to the Saudi royal family,” Noor said in his testimony. Local DHE.
Nour continued, on Khashoggi’s sudden arrival to Istanbul: “We met in a hotel in Medina and he told me that Al-Qahtani threatened him cruelly, then he began to cry very hard. Then I asked him why he threatened you, and he said, because I wrote about him and then they imprisoned me.”
The witness indicated that the consulate personnel treated the victim with respect the first time and asked him to return to give him the required paper, so that he was killed the second time.
The defendants were represented in absentia by court-appointed lawyers. Khashoggi’s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, attended the hearing with her lawyer, according to what Turkish media reported.
Today, Tuesday, the Turkish court added new defendants to the case against Saudi officials accused of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The court accepted a second indictment adding six accused to the list of 20 Saudi officials who were tried in absentia.
The latest indictment accuses a vice consul and a attache of “premeditated murder with brutal intent.” Charges were brought against four other Saudi citizens, who are also Saudi citizens, including destroying, concealing, or tampering with evidence.
Source: Sputnik + Turkish media