World Khashoggi's fiancée announces the opening of a trial in absentia in Turkey

04:50  01 july  2020
04:50  01 july  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Trial in absentia is a criminal proceeding in a court of law in which the person who is subject to it is not physically present at those proceedings. According to Pieter Cleppe of the think-tank Open Europe, in parts of Europe, in absentia trials essentially give defendants the ability to appeal twice—asking

The murder trial of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi began on Thursday, with prosecutors seeking the death penalty Turkey in turn has repeatedly called for the culprits to be prosecuted under its laws. They alleged Khashoggi was tied up and injected with an overdose of a sedative that killed him.

Hatice Cengiz, la fiancée du journaliste assassiné Jamal Khashoggi, au Capitole à Washington, le 3 mars 2020 © SAUL LOEB AFP / Archives Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of the assassinated journalist Jamal Khashoggi, at the Capitol in Washington, March 3, 2020

Twenty Saudis, including Relatives of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be tried in absentia, starting in Turkey on Friday, for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, the latter's fiancée announced on Tuesday.

Turkey will open Friday the trial in absentia of the 20 Saudi whom it accuses of the assassination in 2018 in Istanbul of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, announced his Turkish fiancée to AFP on Tuesday 30 June. The trial will begin in the main court in Istanbul at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, Hatice Cengiz told AFP. "I will also be there," she said. The opening of the trial on Friday has not been officially confirmed.

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Khashoggi has been missing since he entered the consulate in Turkey ' s largest city on Tuesday, his fiancée and two other sources familiar with the event said. Saudi Arabia has strenuously denied any involvement in his disappearance, calling the claims "false." A Saudi official said Khashoggi exited

US agencies believed kingdom intended to monitor Hatice Cengiz after journalist killed.

Jamal Khashoggi, 59, detractor of power from the Saudi royal family after being close to him and collaborator with the Washington Post, was murdered and then cut into pieces on October 2, 2018 inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul where he had gone to get a document, according to Turkey. The remains of the victim were never discovered.

Close to Crown Prince

Turkish prosecutors accuse former deputy chief of intelligence services, General Ahmed al-Assiri, and former royal court adviser Saoud al-Qahtani of leading the operation to eliminate Khashoggi and having given orders to do so to a team of Saudi agents. The two former officials are relatives of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been named as the sponsor of the murder by Turkish and American officials.

Turkish justice has also indicted 18 other suspects. It has issued arrest warrants for all the accused, who are not in Turkey and are facing the death penalty.

Agnes Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, is expected to attend the trial.

With AFP

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