U.S. media are reporting that 11 Saudis are on trial in Saudi Arabia for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The prosecutors are saying they will be asking for the death penalty in 5 cases. Justice? Not at all. These are secret trials. We know nothing about their fairness to the defendants or if they will reveal any important truths about the murder.
As the New York Times reports the trials are not public. It is not known what the charges are, or why the prosecutors chose to go for the death penalty in some cases and not in others. We don't even know who is on trial! Not even the names of those arrested have been revealed.
On 12/31 Al Jazeera printed an article that reports that a Turkish book on the Khashoggi killing claims that the person who allegedly dismembered Khashoggi's body is not under arrest.
"Saudi authorities have said that all members of the hit squad were arrested after returning to the kingdom, but the recently released book cites an unnamed source as saying that Salah al-Tubaigy, the forensic doctor who allegedly dismembered Khashoggi's body, escaped any action.
Instead, the book says, Saudi authorities asked him to disappear from the limelight, and Tubaigy is now living in a villa in Jeddah with his family."
The Saudi justice is notorious for its arbitrary nature, lack of respect for due process and lawyers and the torture of prisoners. At one point it was announced that some of the prisoners had called for their own execution.
Is there even a chance that during the trials the accused would be able to refute the ridiculous claim by the prosecutor that the hit team decided to kill Khashoggi all by themselves? Can they say in court who gave them the actual orders for the murder? Even the U.S. Senate has declared this was all done on MBS's responsibility.
And where are Khashoggi's remains?