Turkish prosecutors on Monday filed a second indictment against six Saudi individuals suspected in the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Turkish state media.
Saudi Arabian dissident and Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in 2018. After arriving at the Saudi consulate in Turkey to retrieve paperwork for a planned marriage, he never left. News outlets reported that Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered inside the consulate.
In early September, a Saudi Arabian court convicted eight individuals in connection with the murder.
On Monday, Turkish prosecutors filed a second, 41-page indictment against six individuals, which included two consulate staff members. The indictment was reportedly approved by the chief prosecutor’s office in Istanbul and referred to the High Criminal Court Number 11.
The two consular staff members were purportedly part of the team that murdered Khashoggi in 2018 and left after the murder. The indictment against those two seeks separate aggravated life sentences over “deliberate killing with a monstrous feeling.” For the four other individuals, the prosecutors seek between six months to five years in prison. Those individuals were accused of leaving Turkey after tampering with evidence at the crime scene.
The six suspects are not currently in Turkey, but local reports state that they should be tried in their absence.