Istanbul Court Transfers Saudi Journalist Murder Case to Riyadh

A Turkish court on Thursday announced the suspension of the trial in absentia of 26 Saudis accused of the horrific killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 and transferred the case to the Saudi judicial authorities for further procedures.

“No testimony can be taken from the 26 Saudi nationals charged in the case, nor can they be arrested, as they are not on Turkish soil,” Yeni Safak news agency reported.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s fiancée, along with her lawyer, attended the hearing on transferring the case.

“We are not ruled here by a family, like in Saudi Arabia. We have a judicial system that responds to the grievances of citizens and we will appeal,” Cengiz told reporters as she left the Istanbul court.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a statement that the decision was  “shocking.” “Hopes for justice have been dashed but RSF will keep on challenging, by all means, this unacceptable impunity,” RSF added.

Khashoggi, a US resident who wrote for the Washington Post, was killed on 2 October 2018, at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone for an appointment to collect documents required for him to marry his fiancée.

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