On Monday, the Istanbul Public Prosecution Office charged six additional Saudis suspected of involvement in the 2018 murder of opposition journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, Turkish media reported.
The prosecution is calling for life imprisonment for two of the suspects and for five years for the other four for their role in the killing and dismemberment of Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, according to media.
The six Saudis whose indictment was issued a few days before the second anniversary of Khashoggi’s assassination are not in Turkey and will therefore be tried in absentia.
On July 3, the Istanbul judiciary began the trial of 20 other Saudis in absentia, including two close associates of the Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who are the deputy head of intelligence Ahmed Al-Asiri and the media advisor at the royal court, Saud Al-Qahtani. The Turkish authorities charged them for their supposed role in the murder.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post writer, and critic of the Saudi regime was assassinated and beheaded in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he went to obtain documents. Khashoggi was 59 years old at the time of his death, and his remains have not been found.