Tuesday, 29 September, 2020

Turkish prosecutors file indictment over Jamal Khashoggi killing

Istanbul prosecutor indicts Saudi suspects for Khashoggi killing Istanbul prosecutor prepares to indict 20 suspects over Khashoggi killing
Deanna Wagner | 25 March, 2020, 22:41

The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office has charged 20 Saudi citizens for the premeditated murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and demanded life sentences for 18 of them, media reported on Wednesday.

An indictment from the Istanbul chief public prosecutor's office accuses ex-deputy chief of the Saudi intelligence service, Ahmed al-Asiri, and Saud al-Qahtani, a former close adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, of "instigating premeditated murder with monstrous intent".

Eighteen others were accused of carrying out the killing of Khashoggi, who was a United States resident at the time of his murder and writing for The Washington Post.

The CIA concluded that Mohammed had likely ordered the killing, which the crown prince has denied.

Khashoggi, 59, a commentator who wrote for The Washington Post, was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate on October 2, 2018, to obtain paperwork for his wedding to Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

The prince, however, added that he wants strong relations with "all Islamic countries including Turkey".

The indictment was based on analysis of mobile phone records of the suspects, records of their entry and exit into Turkey and presence at the consulate, witness statements and analysis of Khashoggi's phone, laptop and iPad, Fidan said.

Turkey carried out its own probe after being unsatisfied with Saudi Arabia's explanations.

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Saudis, who enjoy investing and holidaying in Turkey, were urged to boycott the country a year ago.

Western officials said numerous suspects claimed they were carrying out Assiri's orders, describing him as the ringleader.

A United Nations probe revealed that Saudi government agents had discussed murdering and dismembering Khashoggi before his arrival at the building, referring to the journalist as "the sacrificial animal".

The trial in Saudi Arabia past year concluded that the killing was not premeditated, prompting widespread criticism of a "whitewash".

In December, five unnamed people were sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia, while three others were slapped with prison terms totaling 24 years over the killing.

The Turkish prosecutor said a trial in absentia would be opened against the 20 suspects but did not give a date. Asiri was tried in Saudi Arabia, but released due to insufficient evidence, while Qahtani was investigated but never charged.

The prosecutors have already issued arrest warrants for the suspects who are not in Turkey.