Turkey’s show trial of Jamal Khashoggi murder won’t be trial at all in Saudi Arabia

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The 26 people on trial in Turkey in absentia for the horrific murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi will be transferred to Saudi Arabia, despite widespread belief that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination. The sudden suspension and transfer of the process comes as Saudi Arabia makes economic pledges to Turkey, which is facing a recession, and against the backdrop of warnings that the Kingdom will simply let the matter go. “By handing over the case of a murder committed on its territory, Turkey will knowingly return the case to those who bear its responsibility,” said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s secretary general. “What happened to Turkey’s commitment that justice must prevail for this heinous murder and that this case would never become a pawn in political calculations and interests?”

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