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The trial of 20 Saudis for the murder of journalist Yamal Jashogi begins in Istanbul

July 3, 2020

A court in Istanbul opened proceedings against twenty Saudi citizens on Friday, including two former senior officials from the government of the Arab Kingdom, all of whom were charged with the murder of journalist Yamal Jashogi at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city in 2018 .

Two of the accused are the former deputy chief of Saudi intelligence, Ahmed al Asiri, or Saud al Qahtani, ex-adviser to the crown prince and strong man of the Saudi monarchy, Mohamed bin Salmán, who is ultimately responsible for “a premeditated murder with monstrous Intent to trigger “” after explaining the objections.

The other 18 accused are accused of torturing and murdering the Saudi journalist at the consulate on October 2, 2018, when he arranged for marriage documents with his fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who will also testify in court.

The trial of 20 Saudis for the murder of journalist Yamal Jashogi begins in IstanbulThe trial of 20 Saudis for the murder of journalist Yamal Jashogi begins in Istanbul

According to the prosecutor, Jashogi was strangled to death and his body was later dismembered. The remains of the reporter for the American newspaper “Washington Post”, near the royal house before he became an opposition voice, have not been found.