Today, Monday, the Istanbul Public Prosecution Office prepared the second indictment against 6 Saudi suspects, as part of the ongoing investigations into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
In the indictment, the prosecution requested that 2 of the suspects be sentenced to hard life imprisonment, and imprisonment from 6 months to 5 years for each of the 4 others.
After the prosecution approved the 41-page list prepared against 6 escaped suspects, two of whom were working for the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, it sent it to the court to combine it with the case against 20 defendants in Khashoggi’s murder.
The list included a request to impose a hard life imprisonment sentence on the assistant consul Sultan Yahya and the attaché Yasser Khaled for “premeditated murder and brutal torture with premeditation and stalking”, and imprisonment from 6 months to 5 years for Ahmed Abdulaziz M., Khaled Yahya M., Muhammad Ibrahim A. and Abid Ghazi A. Charged with “concealing, removing or altering evidence of crime.”
The reports did not clarify whether the six suspects were among those already being tried in absentia in the Khashoggi murder case before a court in Istanbul.
Khashoggi was killed on October 2, 2018, inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, in a case that shook international public opinion, with accusations that Riyadh denies that it was Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who issued the order to assassinate him.
A Saudi court this month sentenced 8 defendants to prison terms ranging from 7 to 20 years in the Khashoggi murder case, 4 months after the Khashoggi family pardoned his killers, which resulted in the exclusion of previous death sentences.
Last July, a Turkish court decided to hold the second session of the trial of Khashoggi’s killers on November 24, after approval of an indictment submitted by Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, affecting 20 Saudis, on charges including brutal torture, murder and incitement.