Turkey prosecutor indicts 20 for Khashoggi murder, including Saudi royal adviser

 A Turkish prosecutor has prepared an indictment against 20 people accused of killing Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October 2018.

The prosecutor’s office in Istanbul said on Wednesday the accused included Ahmed al-Asiri, the former deputy chief of Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service, and ex-royal adviser Saud al-Qahtani. Both are accused of instigating premeditated murder with “monstrous intent”.

Eighteen others were accused of carrying out the murder at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, sparked a global uproar. The country’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, accused by some governments of ordering the killing, has since struggled to repair his tarnished reputation.

The prosecutor’s office said the indictment was based on evidence including mobile phone records, witness statements, the suspects' entry into and exit from Turkey and the analysis of Khashoggi’s laptop, phone and iPad.

In sentencing five people to death for the murder in December, a Saudi court dismissed charges against Asiri and said there was no evidence connecting Qahtani to the crime. The five were low-level officials who have yet to be executed.

Turkey has demanded more cooperation from the Saudi government, including help in locating Khashoggi’s remains, as it conducted its own investigation.