It is unclear if any of them are on trial One man who will not be on trial is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman and Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, who has been accused by some in the West of being behind the killing.
Saudi Arabia will keep the trial behind closed doors so any confession by the defendants that they were ordered to kill Khashoggi by someone in the royal family could be kept confidential.
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.
Saudi Arabia state media says the 11 suspected killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have attended their first court hearing.
U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that bin Salman ordered the killing, but President Donald Trump said Saudi Arabia is a strong ally and there's not enough evidence.
Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecutor has said Khashoggi's alleged killers planned his death three days in advance.
11 suspects, 5 of whom face the death penalty, attended their first court hearing for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. According to a CIA investigation, the killing was ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Breaking: First hearing in trial of suspects in killing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi held today in Riyadh —attorney general
As NPR previously reported, Saudi Arabia at first denied he was killed, then claimed he died after a fight, and finally admitted the killing was premeditated.
The trial of 11 individuals over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has begun in Riyadh Prosecution wants the death penalty for 5 of the 11 Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is not on trial
Saudi Arabia has sent two previous letters to the prosecutor in Turkey.
The suspects charged with killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi have appeared in court.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jamal Khashoggi had gone to Istanbul to obtain a marriage document For decades he was close to the Saudi royal family and also served as an adviser to the government.
Saudi Arabia is holding a mock trial of 11 suspects in the Khashoggi murder. Never let them forget. They will never go after the man responsible for murdering Jamal Khashoggi: MBS. Everything will be done to distract you from MBS.
President Trump has pledged the U.S. will remain a "steadfast partner" to Saudi Arabia and cast doubt on the CIA conclusions," NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
Saudi Arabia scrutinised over claim it hauled 11 Jamal Khashoggi murder suspects to court
Jamal Khashoggi murder trial opens in Saudi Arabia
The US has imposed sanctions on 17 Saudi officials, including Saud al-Qahtani, a former adviser to the crown prince who it alleged was "part of the planning and execution of the operation" that led to Khashoggi's murder.
Saudi Arabia puts Jamal Khashoggi murder suspects on trial
Trial Begins For 11 Suspects In Killing Of Saudi Journalist Khashoggi Updated at 10:37 a.m. ET Saudi Arabia says it is seeking the death penalty for five of 11 suspects in the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, according to the country's Public Prosecutor.
#UPDATE Saudi Arabias attorney general seeks the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial opened in Riyadh