Turkey "is not ruled by a family like in Saudi Arabia. We have a justice system that addresses citizens' grievances," she told reporters. "We will appeal the decision in line with our legal system."
Cengiz's lawyers also slammed the decision to halt the trial in Turkey, saying it was "against the law [...] because the acquittal ruling about the defendants in Saudi Arabia has been finalized."
A fair trial in Saudi Arabia is unlikely, groups warn
Rights groups have raised concerns over Saudi Arabia's justice system and its human rights record.
"By transferring the case of a murder that was committed on its territory, Turkey will be knowingly and willingly sending the case back into the hands of those who bear its responsibility," said Amnesty International's Secretary-General Agnes Callamard.
"Indeed, the Saudi system has repeatedly failed to cooperate with the Turkish prosecutor and it is clear that justice cannot be delivered by a Saudi court."
Human Rights Watch (HRW) also echoed Amnesty International's concerns.
"Given the complete lack of judicial independence in Saudi Arabia, the role of the Saudi government in Khashoggi's killing, its past attempts at obstructing justice, and a criminal justice system that fails to satisfy basic standards of fairness, chances of a fair trial for the Khashoggi case in Saudi Arabia are close to nil," HRW said.
Trial in absentia
Turkish officials have alleged that Khashoggi was killed and then dismembered with a bone saw inside the consulate by a team of Saudi agents sent to Istanbul.
His body has not been found.
In 2020, Turkey began prosecuting defendants in absentia after Saudi Arabia rejected requests for their extradition. The defendants included two former aides of the prince.