On Friday, the trial of 20 Saudis accused by the Turkish judiciary of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018, at his country’s consulate in Istanbul, will start in Istanbul in absentia.
Khashoggi’s fiancee, Khadija Genghis, said on Tuesday that the trial will begin in Istanbul’s main court at 10:00 local time (07:00 GMT), confirming that she will be there as well.
According to the Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office, the former deputy chief of Saudi General Intelligence, Ahmed Asiri, and the former adviser to the Saudi royal court, Saud al-Qahtani, are the masterminds of the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi.
Anais Calamar, the United Nations expert on extrajudicial killing, is expected to attend the trial, which has yet to be officially confirmed.
In late May, the sons of Khashoggi announced “amnesty” for their father’s killers. Hours after the pardon was announced, Khadija Genghis, the Turkish fiancee of Khashoggi, insisted that “no one” had the right to pardon his murder.
Khashoggi, who was publishing in the American newspaper “Washington Post”, articles critical of the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, was killed at his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, by Saudis who came specially from Saudi Arabia to Turkey to carry out the crime.