Turkey begins trial of 20 Saudis over Khashoggi murder
Published: 05:17 PM, 3 July 2020
A Turkish court has begun the trial of 20 Saudi nationals alleged killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The trial began at the main court of the Caglayan district in Istanbul province on Friday at 10am local time.
Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Washington Post columnist, was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, after he entered the premises to obtain paperwork for his planned marriage.
According to Turkish officials’ statement, Khashoggi's body was dismembered at the consulate by the killers and his remains are yet to be found.
In March, Turkish prosecutors charged 20 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi murder, including two former senior aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler.
The indictment mentions, Saudi Arabia's former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri is accused of establishing a hit team and planning the murder of the journalist, who wrote critically of the Saudi government.
The CIA reportedly concluded that the crown prince ordered the killing, an accusation denied by the government in Riyadh.