In connection with the brutal 2018 murder of Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi, 20 suspects including two former top aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have been charged by the Turkish prosecutors, on Wednesday, March 25.
Saudi Arabia’s deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri and the royal court’s media consultant Saud al-Qahtani have been accused by the prosecutors of leading the operation against Khashoggi who was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate on October 2, 2018, to obtain paperwork for his wedding and giving orders to a Saudi hit team.
The officials have said that he was strangled and his body was chopped into pieces by a 15-man Saudi squad inside the consulate. Despite several calls by Turkey for cooperation with the Saudis, his remains were never found.
The prosecutors, without giving a specified date, have said a trial in absentia would be opened against the 20 suspects.