Saudis held 3 court sessions on 'heinous' Khashoggi killing

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The Saudi human rights commission rejected calls for an global investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's murder, saying they've already punished the killers who they refused to name or give any details about.

Whereas the United Nations and USA intelligence agencies have implicated Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder, the US' report Thursday stopped shy of accusing their long-time ally's leadership.

The suspects are believed to have been involved in the killing and dismembering of Khashoggi, a Middle East Eye and Washington Post columnist, inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate on 2 October, Turkish Daily Sabah reported.

Khashoggi's death sparked worldwide outrage and focused a global spotlight on the crown prince.

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Previously, Saudi officials have said 11 people have been indicted in relation to the Khashoggi murder and that five suspects will face the death penalty.

Aiban said that there had so far been three hearings, and that the accused and their lawyers had been present.

Al-Aiban described the murder as an "unfortunate accident".

"Turkey will continue to serve the cause of justice until Jamal Khashoggi's body is found, the local collaborator (s) are identified, and those who ordered the hit are revealed", Altun concluded, once again emphasizing that the incident must be investigated "to the last detail" and "without being politicized".

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The killing has severely strained ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, although Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has good ties with the Saudi monarch, King Salman.

Mr al Aiban also said the case of the detained women's rights activists was based in law and was not an attack on human rights.

The human rights review coincided with reports from Yemeni military officials that the Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes which mistakenly killed and wounded forces allied with the government, who the coalition support.

Agnes Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, was in Turkey in late January to probe what happened to the journalist.

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