ANKARA, April 2 – RIA Novosti. The Turkish Ministry of Justice has decided to transfer the case of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, Anadolu agency reports.
Khashoggi was killed in October 2018 in Istanbul at the Saudi consulate. Initially, the Saudi authorities denied his disappearance in the diplomatic mission, but after some time after the appearance of video and audio recordings, they were forced to admit that Khashoggi was killed “as a result of a quarrel with consular officials.” The Turkish police were never able to find his body.
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“The Ministry of Justice of Turkey has decided to transfer the case of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to the courts of Saudi Arabia. The corresponding decision of the ministry has been sent to the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office,” the agency reports.
It is specified that 26 persons involved in the high-profile murder in the Saudi diplomatic mission are involved in the case. As part of the investigation, the identities of eight of the 15 people who arrived from Saudi Arabia to kill Khashoggi were identified.
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“On October 17, 2021, with the authorization of the prosecutor’s office and the permission of the Saudi side, searches were carried out at the Consulate General. Testimony was taken from 20 employees of the diplomatic mission, including the driver, technical staff, employees of the accounting department and the public relations department. The results of the investigation were transferred to the 11th court on serious crimes of the city of Istanbul. The names of 20 accused appear in the criminal case: all of them were put on the international wanted list. The final decision on the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi will be made by the Istanbul prosecutor’s office,” the agency said.
In September 2020, a Saudi court handed down final verdicts in the Khashoggi murder case. Of the eight defendants, five were sentenced to 20 years in prison, one to 10 years, and two more received seven years in prison.
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