Turkey sends Jamal Khashoggi file to Saudi Arabia

Turkey got rid of Khashoggi’s exhausting file, Thursday, April 7, by returning him to Saudi Arabia, more than three years after the tragic assassination of the Saudi journalist in Istanbul. Khadija Cengiz, Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée, who was waiting for him outside the Saudi consulate on the day of the crime, October 2, 2018, immediately announced his lawyer’s decision to appeal.

The last session of the trial in absentia began in July 2020 for twenty-six Saudi defendants, and it took a few minutes before the Istanbul court judge issued a decision to close the case. The suspense was very limited: Turkish Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag announced that he had given a positive opinion at the request of the public prosecutor who wanted. Close and move the file In Riyadh.

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The issue is contaminated with relationships

For Turkey, which is seeking to reconnect with Saudi Arabia, which it needs to support its faltering economy, it has been urgent to close this issue that pollutes its relations.

We are not governed here by a family, as in Saudi Arabia. We have a judicial system that responds to citizens’ grievances: thus we appeal”quickly announced mr.me Genghis press in court. For her, the Turkish prosecutor is convinced Saudi demands :

We know very well that the authorities will do nothing. How do we imagine that the killers will investigate themselves?

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About one of his lawyers.And the Gokmen Paspinar “The decision to transfer the file is against the law.” And the “It is a violation of Turkish sovereignty”. There are no trials in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi authorities had already closed the trial and decided to acquit many of the suspects.”Remember the defender.

In recent days, human rights organizations have condemned the occurrence of a first-degree burial at the request of the Saudi authorities, as the Khashoggi case constitutes the final obstacle to the rapprochement between the two Sunni regional powers.

‘Turkey is sending a frightening signal’

And the court agreed to refer the case to Saudi Arabia in this way, in one sentence, without even [prévenir] A lawyer refused their requests.was angry at Twitter Milena Bom, Amnesty International Turkey Representative.

For Erol Onderoglu, Reporters Without Borders Istanbul representative, this decision means ‘Turkey sends a chilling signal about its respect for press freedom’.

On October 2, 2018, the 59-year-old Saudi journalist, critical columnist for the American daily Washington PostHe was killed and his body dismembered inside the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul where he came to request a document necessary for his marriage, according to Turkey.

The Istanbul Public Prosecutor defended his position by saying so “The case is swinging because court orders cannot be implemented because the accused are foreigners.”.

The day of the murder, mme Genghis was waiting for the victim on the street, but her fiancé did not reappear and his remains were not found. Then Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to do so “do everything” to solve the murder “Policy” And the “Premeditation”who called him “Barbarian Assassination”.

But Ankara, in the grip of an economic crisis linked to the collapse of its currency and high inflation – more than 60% in the past 12 months – is seeking rapprochement with the Saudi monarchy.

The head of state, who has been multiplying reconciliation initiatives with regional powers for several months – the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Israel, among others – announced at the beginning of January an imminent visit to Saudi Arabia. However, it does not appear that he has received an invitation yet.

A US intelligence report accuses Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of committing crimes “Validated” The assassination was carried out by commandos agents from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After denying the murder, Riyadh ended up saying it was committed by Saudi agents who acted alone.

After a shadowy trial in Saudi Arabia, five Saudis were sentenced to death and three to prison – death sentences have since been commuted.

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