Khashoggi’s fiancée hopes for revelations in upcoming Turkey trial

The fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said she hopes an upcoming trial of indicted Saudi officials will reveal new evidence and the whereabouts of his body, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

“I hope this criminal case in Turkey brings to light the whereabouts of Jamal’s body (and) the evidence against the killers,” Hatice Cengiz told the agency.

Khashoggi, a frequent contributor to the Washington Post and a leading critic of the Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. The whereabouts of Khashoggi's body remains unknown.

In March, Istanbul prosecutors indicted 20 Saudi officials – including the former deputy chief of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service, Ahmed al-Asiri, and ex-royal adviser Saud al-Qahtani – for committing premeditated murder with “monstrous intent”.

The indictment, prepared by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, states that the defendants were divided into three units: intelligence, negotiation and logistics. 

A Saudi court in December sentenced five people to death over the incident, however charges against Asiri and Qahtani were dismissed.

“No one can take the ‘trial’ that took place in Saudi Arabia legitimately; it was done in secret and the individuals sentenced are unnamed,” Cengiz said.

Turkey has demanded Saudi’s cooperation in conducting its own investigation, including assistance in locating Khashoggi’s remains.

The trial is slated to open on July 3.