Today in Istanbul, the Turkish a trial began over 20 citizens of Saudi Arabia, which has been implicated in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. This publication reports the Daily Sabah.
The Istanbul Prosecutor’s office accuses the former Deputy chief of Saudi intelligence and former adviser to crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the incitement to murder Khashoggi. The remaining 18 people are suspected of committing this crime.
If convicted the defendants could face a life sentence, which is in Turkey, the most severe punishment.
The defendants in the criminal case at trial are not present.
Khashoggi was killed on 2 October 2018 after went to Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul to receive the divorce papers.
59-year-old journalist has repeatedly criticized the government of Saudi Arabia, in particular, crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman defense Minister of the country. He led his own column in The Washington Post. The journalist left Saudi Arabia in 2017, following the arrest of several close friends.
Turkish police believe that the journalist’s body was dismembered and probably destroyed in the acid at the Consulate or in the neighboring residence of the Consul General.
June 19, 2019 special Rapporteur, Callamard released a report, according to which there is credible evidence of a connection between the murder of the journalist and the crown Prince Mohammed.
Latest his involvement in the murder denies.
23 December a court in Saudi Arabia has recognized eight people guilty in the murder of Khashoggi. Five, the court sentenced to death, three to imprisonment for 24 years. Three were acquitted.
Killer Khashoggi, likely to avoid the death penalty, because the sons of the journalist released a statement, I forgive them.