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Saudi Arabia opens Khashoggi murder trial

Published: January 3, 2019
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Source: bbc.com

The trial of 11 individuals over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has begun in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, state media report.

Prosecutors have asked for the death penalty for five of the defendants.

Khashoggi, a prominent US-based critic of the Saudi government, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October.

Prosecutors say he was murdered in a "rogue" operation by agents sent to persuade him to return to the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia has refused Turkey's request to extradite 18 suspects for trial, including 15 alleged agents who it says flew to Istanbul to carry out the killing.

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