Khashoggi killing: Sus­pects on trial

The Asian Age - - World -

Istanbul, July 3: A Turk­ish court on Fri­day opened the trial in ab­sen­tia of two for­mer aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man and 18 other Saudi na­tion­als over the 2018 killing of Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist Ja­mal Khashoggi.

Turk­ish pros­e­cu­tors have in­dicted the 20 Saudi na­tion­als over Khashoggi’s grisly killing at the Saudi Con­sulate in Istanbul that cast a cloud of sus­pi­cion over Prince Mo­hammed.

They are seek­ing life pri­son terms for the de­fen­dants, who have all left Turkey. Saudi Ara­bia re­jected Turk­ish de­mands for the sus­pects’ ex­tra­di­tion and put some of them on trial in Riyadh.

The pro­ceed­ings were widely crit­i­cised as a “white­wash” and Khashoggi’s fam­ily later an­nounced that they had for­given his killers. The trial in Turkey will be closely watched for pos­si­ble new in­for­ma­tion or ev­i­dence into the killing,

in­clud­ing the where­abouts of Khashoggi’s re­mains.

The Turk­ish pros­e­cu­tors have charged the prince’s for­mer ad­vis­ers, Saud alQah­tani and Ahmed alAsiri, with “in­sti­gat­ing a pre­med­i­tated mur­der with the in­tent of (caus­ing) tor­ment through fiendish in­stinct.” Pros­e­cu­tors are also seek­ing life pri­son sen­tences for 18 other Saudi na­tion­als charged with car­ry­ing out “a pre­med­i­tated mur­der with the in­tent of (caus­ing) tor­ment through fiendish in­stincts.” — AP

— AP

Hat­ice Cen­giz, the fi­ancee of slain Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Kashoggi.

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