Turkey slams verdict on Khashoggi murder case

The spokesman of Turkish Foreign Ministry, Hami Aksoy, on Monday said the ruling on the murder case of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was inadequate to punish the main offenders and bring justice.

"The fact that important aspects such as the fate of Mr. Khashoggi’s body, the masterminds of the murder and any local collaborators remain in the dark, is a fundamental lapse of justice and violates the principle of accountability," Aksoy said in a statement.

A Saudi Arabian court on Monday has sentenced five people to death for the murder of Khashoggi. The Washington Post contributor was murdered and dismembered in October 2018 by a team of Saudi agents after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain the documents required to marry his Turkish fiancée.

The details of Khashoggi’s killing were revealed gradually by Turkish government-linked media outlets, which received recordings taken inside the Saudi consulate from Turkish intelligence.

Turkey has called on Saudi Arabia to hand over the murder suspects for trial in Istanbul, saying there was strong suspicion that his killing was approved by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Several Saudi agents involved worked directly for him.

"Taking this opportunity, we reiterate our expectation for judicial cooperation from the Saudi authorities on this issue," Aksoy said.