A detailed friend of Jamal Khashoggi instructed a Turkish court on Tuesday that the killed Saudi journalist felt threatened by individuals near Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The primary court in Istanbul held a second listening to within the trial in absentia of 26 Saudi suspects within the Washington Publish columnist’s high-profile homicide — together with two former aides to the highly effective Saudi crown prince.
The 59-year-old was suffocated and dismembered inside the dominion‘s Istanbul consulate on October 2, 2018, after going inside to get paperwork for his marriage to Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz.
The homicide sparked a world outcry and tarnished the popularity of the oil-rich kingdom and the crown prince.
The Turkish trial is being held individually from a Saudi one which overturned 5 dying sentences issued after a closed-door listening to in September.
The Riyadh court as a substitute jailed eight unidentified individuals for phrases starting from seven to 20 years in what Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) each known as a “parody of justice”.
Turkish prosecutors have charged Saudi’s former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri and the royal court‘s one-time media czar Saud al-Qahtani with orchestrating the homicide and giving direct orders to a Saudi hit crew.
Ayman Nour, an Egyptian political dissident and longtime pal of Khashoggi, instructed the courtroom that the journalist had described to him being personally threatened by the Saudi media czar.
“Jamal mentioned he had been threatened by Qahtani and his household,” Turkish media quoted Nour as telling the court.
“Nour mentioned Khashoggi had reported being threatened by Saud al-Qahtani since 2016,” Rebecca Vincent of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) individually tweeted from the courtroom.
“Khashoggi spoke of a cellphone name from Qahtani when he was dwelling in Washington DC, saying he knew his youngsters and the place they lived. Nour mentioned Khashoggi was crying, which was uncommon, and mentioned he was afraid.”
Khashoggi’s fiancee Cengiz additionally attended Tuesday’s listening to, which was adjourned to March 4.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has mentioned the order to homicide Khashoggi got here from “the highest levels” of the Saudi authorities however has by no means instantly blamed Prince Mohammed.
Relations between the 2 nations suffered within the wake of Khashoggi’s dying.
However, Erdogan mentioned methods to reinforce ties with the prince’s aging father King Salman on the eve of the final weekend’s digital G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia.
The Turkish trial is monitored intently by human rights advocates.
Vincent mentioned the Istanbul court docket rejected RSF’s utility to turn out to be civil get together within the Khashoggi’s case.
This is able to have given the Paris-based group broader entry to court docket paperwork.
“We have been upset,” Vincent instructed AFP, calling it “a missed alternative to make sure sturdy worldwide scrutiny.”
“However regardless we’ll proceed to intently monitor this case and name for adherence to international requirements,” she mentioned.