Saudi Leaks has learned that a number of opponents of the Saudi regime are preparing to provide written and oral statements to the Turkish authorities, which is preparing to try the killers of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Among these prominent opposition figures in Canada, Omar Abdulaziz Al-Wahzani, who confirmed on his Twitter account, “Government officials contacted me and I am ready to testify.” He commented on the start of the trial of the killers next Friday in Istanbul.
Turkish judicial sources confirmed that the first session of the trial of those accused of the murder of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul will start next Friday, July 3, and the sources added that the trial will be in absentia because the Saudi defendants could not be brought in after Riyadh refused to hand them over to the Turkish judicial authorities.
Judicial sources stated that the General Prosecutor of the Republic in Istanbul asked the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to issue an international arrest warrant to arrest the accused and bring them to trial. On April 11, the Turkish public prosecutor published the full indictment against 20 Saudi defendants who had participated in the brutal planning and execution of Khashoggi’s killing.
Those included in the indictment and trial list in Istanbul are the Saudi assassination team that carried out the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate, as well as those who planned it, and they are Saud Al-Qahtani, advisor to the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, and Ahmed Al-Asiri, deputy chief of Saudi intelligence at the time.
The indictment included new photos of Khashoggi, which are being published for the first time, and also testimonies of employees of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul who were investigated. The list included photographs of the defendants’ passports and their phone numbers used on the day of the crime.
The list will also include information about the contacts made by the Khashoggi assassination team before and after the crime, as well as the statements of Turkish employees indicating that they were asked not to go up to the Saudi consul floor categorically.
The Turkish Public Prosecution List stated that Khashoggi’s computer contained pictures of threatening letters to him, and pictures of tweets that threaten him and threaten him.
Salah Khashoggi, son of the murdered Saudi journalist, last May, on his Twitter account, published a short statement saying, “We, sons of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce the that we are pardoned for killing our father.”
Analysts believe that this declaration would spare five persons whose identities were not revealed and who were sentenced to death in December in Saudi Arabia.
Commenting on Salah Khashoggi’s tweet, Khadija Genghis’s fiancée, Jamal Khashoggi, said that no one has the right to pardon his murder “because his disgraceful murder will not be subject to statute of limitations.”