Trial of murder of journalist Khashukji continues in Turkey – World – News

A trial against 26 Saudi citizens suspected of the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khasukji continued in a court in Istanbul on Tuesday. The trial takes place in their absence. Reuters reported.

The trial of the 26 people began in 2020. They face various charges in connection with the murder of a journalist.

In September 200, a Saudi court handed down a final verdict in a trial of eight people suspected of involvement in the killing of Khashukji. However, they did not publish their names.

An Istanbul court on Tuesday asked the Turkish Ministry of Justice to ask Saudi Arabia by letter the names of people who had already been convicted in Saudi Arabia – not to be punished twice.

Erol Önderoglu of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said justice could not be done in the trial unless it involved Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

“Everyone knows that the trial will be symbolic until the defendants are captured and returned to Turkey,” he said. According to him, the trial is approaching a “deadlock”.

Tensions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia following Kashukji’s assassination have led to an unofficial boycott of Turkish goods in Saudi Arabia, Reuters reports. However, the two countries are currently working to normalize their relations.

Hashukji was a well-known and outspoken critic of the Saudi leadership and wrote regularly for the Washington Post. He was assassinated on October 2, 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a team of agents sent from Saudi Arabia.

The journalist’s body was never found. Saudi Arabia initially flatly refused to assassinate, but later claimed that the assassination was carried out by Saudi agents on their own.

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