Saudi Arabia’s legal professional common sought the loss of life penalty for 5 of 11 defendants charged with the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial opened in Riyadh on Thursday.
All 11 accused have been current with their attorneys on the opening listening to within the capital, in response to a press release by the legal professional common carried by the official Saudi Press Company.
The legal professional common stated Saudi Arabia had twice submitted formal requests for proof from Turkey — the place Khashoggi was murdered inside the dominion’s Istanbul consulate — however had acquired no response.
The names of the 11 defendants haven’t been formally launched.
Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Put up, was murdered on October 2 in what Riyadh referred to as a “rogue” operation.
The 59-year-old Saudi insider-turned-critic was strangled and his physique reduce into items by a staff of 15 Saudis despatched to Istanbul for the killing, in response to Turkish officers.
There have been stories that his stays, which have by no means been discovered, have been dissolved in acid.
The consulate and the residence have been searched by the Turkish authorities in October together with a number of different places.
Ankara has sought the extradition of the suspects in Saudi custody to face trial in Turkey however its requests have been repeatedly rebuffed by Riyadh.
The US Central Intelligence Company has reportedly concluded that the dominion’s de facto chief, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, very seemingly ordered Khashoggi’s homicide.
However in November the Saudi legal professional common dominated out any involvement by the younger crown prince, whose reformist credentials overseas have been severely tarnished by the killing.