Saudi prosecutor begins trial of 11 men charged with murdering Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh, denies crown Prince was involved
Suspects in murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi went on trial Thursday
Saudi Arabia’s attorney general announced he will seek death penalty for five suspects
Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi leader Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in Turkey as he went to the consulate to collect divorce papers
The prominent Saudi journalist, a columnist for Washington Post was last seen entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2
It is believed the 59-year-old former regime insider was strangled before his body was dismembered and disposed
Leaked audio tapes later suggest that Khashoggi, a vociferous critic of the Crown Prince, had been attacked and dismembered while still alive, within minutes of entering the consulate in Istanbul
Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, 33, is facing increasingly Herculean task in his efforts to deflect accusations of complicity in the killing of Khashoggi
The 15-man Saudi hit squad believed to have killed Khashoggi arrived Turkey from Saudi Arabia, two hours before the killing, and departed immediately after
Immediately after demands for justice began, Saudis initially denied knowledge of the writer’s whereabouts
This was later revised with a confirmation of his death and a kaleidoscope of shifting explanations and confirmation of his death
Five of the 11 men accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi [photo], in October last year are facing the death penalty as their trial begins in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia’s attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial opened in Riyadh on Thursday.
All 11 accused were present with their lawyers at the opening hearing, according to a statement by the attorney general carried by Saudi’s state press agency.
The names of the 11 defendants have not been officially released.