Turkish court refuses to consider US intelligence report in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder trial

first_img News News March 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Opening of Khashoggi murder trial in Istanbul presents a new chance for justice News Organisation July 3, 2020 Find out more This was the third hearing in Khashoggi’s murder case since the trial opened on 3 July 2020. Witness testimony continued against the 26 defendants – all Saudi nationals who are represented by lawyers appointed by the Istanbul Bar Association – as the court heard from two Turkish employees of the Consulate of Saudi Arabia where Khashoggi was murdered on 2 October 2018. The court rejected the request by Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz to accept into evidence in these proceedings the recently published declassified US intelligence report, which held Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for approving Khashoggi’s murder. The judge stated that the report “would bring nothing to the trial,” and told Cengiz she would have to take the request directly to Istanbul’s Prosecutor General.“While RSF views these ongoing proceedings in Jamal Khashoggi’s case as a positive step by the Turkish judiciary, it is a highly unusual situation for our most immediate hope for justice to lie with a Turkish court. This speaks to the truly abysmal situation within Saudi Arabia, where the trial that was held in this case represented a complete mockery of justice,” said RSF’s Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu, who has monitored all three hearings on RSF’s behalf.“We were concerned that the judge rejected the request to bring the declassified US intelligence report into evidence, but we continue to hope that these proceedings in the Turkish courts will uncover further evidence, and help to establish truth and accountability for this horrific crime,” Önderoğlu added.The hearing comes just two days after RSF announced it has filed a criminal case in Germany against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and four other high ranking Saudi officials for crimes against humanity committed in their widespread and systematic persecution of journalists – including Jamal Khashoggi, and 34 other journalists who have been arbitrarily detained.The next hearing is scheduled to take place on 8 July. RSF is the only NGO that has been consistently monitoring these proceedings and will continue to do so.Saudi Arabia is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, and Turkey is ranked 154th. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia March 4, 2021 Turkish court refuses to consider US intelligence report in Jamal Khashoggi’s murder trial RSF_en Murder trial in Jamal Khashoggi’s case continues in Turkish court Receive email alerts TurkeySaudi ArabiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence News November 24, 2020 Find out more TurkeySaudi ArabiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence to go further On 4 March, Istanbul’s Çağlayan Court continued its consideration of slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder case. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) monitored the hearing, in which the court denied the request by Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz to accept into these proceedings the recently published declassified US intelligence report naming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as responsible for approving Khashoggi’s murder. Groundbreaking RSF complaint holds Crown Prince and other Saudi officials responsible for Khashoggi murder and persecution of journalists as crimes against humanitylast_img read more

Daughter of Zimbabwe minister found dead in Cape Town

first_imgThe daughter of Zimbabwean higher education minister Jonathan Moyo has been found dead in her flat in Cape Town, the University of Cape Town said on Sunday.Zanele Moyo was a student at UCT.Zanele Moyo was a student at UCT.“Moyo… was found dead in her private, off-campus flat on Saturday morning,” said UCT spokesperson Gerda Kruger in a statement. “The cause of death has not been confirmed.” A police investigation would be carried out.  Lucas said that the 20-year-old was in her second year, majoring in gender, political and international relations studies. “The death of any student is a tragedy for the entire university. On behalf of the UCT community I extend heartfelt condolences to Professor and Mrs Moyo and their family, as well as to Zanele’s friends, lecturers and classmates.”Kruger said counselling was available for any of those affected.last_img read more

Robinson III, Burke in for test against Syracuse’s lengthy zone

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Long and winding road: Beilein arriving at Final Four stage with decades of help, friendship from BoeheimCoaches reflect on Rice video, defend professionBuild up: McGary develops from raw talent into focal point of Michigan offense ATLANTA — Glenn Robinson III is key to Michigan’s offense for what the Wolverines call the “Gretzky pass,” or the pass that leads to the assist. He’s active at both ends of the floor, an ideal complement to the Wolverines’ other star, Trey Burke.They’ve made up a dominant duo for Michigan, guiding the Wolverines to a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a trip to the Final Four. But Syracuse’s lengthy defense presents a challenge Robinson and Burke haven’t seen so far.“Playing against Syracuse, how they’re playing right now,” head coach John Beilein said, “we need all our players to have a great game.”Michigan is going to need Robinson and Burke, who won the Associated Press Player of the Year award on Thursday, to continue their high level of production on Saturday against Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament semifinals at 8:49 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.Burke is averaging an astounding 18.8 points per game and is shooting 46.4 percent from the field. Robinson, meanwhile, is averaging 11 points per game and is shooting 56.6 percent from the field.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut they haven’t done that against a zone like Syracuse’s, which has tormented opponents throughout the tournament. The zone is forcing the Wolverines to essentially scrap a game plan they’ve thrived on all season long.Beilein said Thursday that Michigan’s offense was able to isolate Burke throughout the season, forcing defenses to have to find and keep up with him. That won’t work against the zone. Instead Beilein said the goal will be quicker passes — no player should hold the ball for too long.But if that player is Burke, the Wolverines could be in for a tough game.“When you have a player like Trey Burke, you get the ball in his hands as often as you can,” Beilein said. “If zone negates that, we’ll just have to try to do our best.”Beilein also said Michigan hasn’t seen too much zone this season, especially not for a full 40 minutes. That’s been a common theme for Syracuse’s opponents this whole tournament, and none of them have been able to crack the zone effectively.Burke and Robinson have to be their usual dominant selves on Saturday for the Wolverines to have a legitimate shot at beating Syracuse, even if it means having to adjust to a new game plan.“I think all of our guys have equal key pieces in this game, whether it’s shooting, whether it’s finding the next man,” Beilein said. “… Those things which are usually very similar to most winning teams.” Commentscenter_img Published on April 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more