Turkish Court Adds New Defendants to Khashoggi Murder Trial

A Turkish court has added new defendants in the trial of the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A Turkish court has added new defendants in the trial of the murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

As the trial resumed on Tuesday, the court has added six new defendants on top of the 20 officials being tried in absentia. 

In September, a Saudi court carried out sentences on eight people over the murder. The defendants were not named. 

The six additional Saudi defendants in Tuesday’s hearing, were accused of  “premeditated murder with monstrous intent” and for tampering with evidence.

Egyptian activist Ayman Nour and close friend of Khashoggi, also testified as a witness saying, “Jamal said he had been threatened by Qahtani and his family”. 

Former royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani was among the suspects in the killing. The other Saudi top official was the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s military intelligence Ahmed al-Asiri. The two were accused of instigating the murder while the other eighteen allegedly carried out the killing. 

The hearing was adjourned to March 4. 


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