Assassination of Khashoggi : a trial in absentia will open Friday in Turkey - Point

Nearly two years after the events, Turkish justice is preparing to return to the case of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi : next Friday, will open in Turkey, the t

Assassination of Khashoggi : a trial in absentia will open Friday in Turkey - Point

Nearly two years after the events, Turkish justice is preparing to return to the case of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi : next Friday, will open in Turkey, the trial in absentia of 20 Saudis, whom she is accusing of the killing in 2018 in Istanbul, the journalist of saudi arabia, announced on Tuesday his fiancée to the Agence France-Presse. The trial will begin in front of the main court in Istanbul on Friday to 10 hours (9 hours in France), told the Agence France-Presse Hatice Cengiz, the bride's Turkish Khashoggi. "I will also be there," she said.

Jamal Khashoggi, 59 years old, a critic of the power of the saudi royal family after having been near, and contributor to the Washington Post, has been murdered and then cut into pieces on October 2, 2018 to the inside of the consulate of saudi Arabia in Istanbul where he had gone to get a document, according to the Turkey. The remains of the victim have never been found.

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prosecutors turks accuse the former deputy chief of intelligence, brigadier general Ahmed al-Assiri, and the former adviser to the royal court, Saud al-Qahtani to have directed the operation to eliminate Khashoggi and to have given the orders to do it to a team of saudi agents. These two former leaders are relatives of the crown prince of saudi arabia Mohammed bin Salman, who has been designated as the sponsor of the murder by Turkish officials and the united states. Turkish justice also charged with 18 other suspects. It has issued arrest warrants against all the accused, who are not in Turkey and could face the death penalty.

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Agnès Callamard, the united Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary, is expected to attend the trial. The opening of the trial on Friday has not been confirmed officially. Children of Jamal Khashoggi said in late may that they forgave the murderers of their father. The fiancée of the victim, however, said at the time that "nobody has the right to forgive". "We don pardonnerons neither the killers nor those who ordered the murder," said Hatice Cengiz.

After denying the murder, and then advanced several versions of the facts, Ryad said that he had been committed by saudi agents who have acted on their own without receiving orders from their leaders. The justice of saudi arabia is itself seized of the matter Khashoggi. Has the outcome of a trial conducted in saudi Arabia, five Saudi were sentenced to death and three others to prison sentences for the murder, on a total of 11 people charged. The verdict pronounced in December last has been criticized by international organizations for the defence of human rights.

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Updated Date: 30 June 2020, 23:33

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