İrem UZUN -TDO- On Tuesday, Turkey’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said Turkey will follow the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing “regardless how it goes”, slamming Riyadh’s verdict in the “sham trial” as an insult to the intelligence of observers.
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and a U.S. resident, was murdered after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 of last year on a visit to pick up paperwork for his forthcoming marriage. A Saudi court on Monday sentenced five people to death for taking part in the murder of Khashoggi in a trial of 11 people. Saudi Deputy Public Prosecutor and spokesman Shalaan al-Shalaan said three people were given jail terms totaling 24 years in prison for their role in covering up the crime and violating the law.
Evaluating Monday verdict of a Saudi court over slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish experts said the decision does not bind Turkey and called for carrying out legal process in Istanbul, where the incident took place. Criminal lawyer Ersan Sen told Anadolu Agency that only Turkey has the judiciary rights on the Khashoggi case in the world.“A person has been made to disappear on the lands of Turkey. Turkish law, Turkish Penal Code has been violated,” Sen stressed. He also called on the top prosecutors in Istanbul to complete the investigation as soon as possible and file a case by concluding the indictment even though the fugitives are not arrested.