Turkish prosecutors have charged two former top aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and 18 other Saudis over the 2018 murder of journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi, officials said Wednesday.
The kingdom’s deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri and royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani are accused of leading the operation and giving orders to a hit team to kill the Washington Post columnist.
An indictment charges the two with “instigating a premeditated murder with the intent of (causing) torment through fiendish instinct,” according to a statement from Chief Prosecutor Irfan Fidan’s office.
It also calls for life prison sentences for 18 other Saudis charged with carrying out “a premeditated murder with the intent of (causing) torment through fiendish instincts.”
The 18 suspects are accused of “acting in consensus from the beginning in line with the decision of taking the victim back to Saudi Arabia and of killing him if he did not agree.”
The group includes intelligence