A court in Turkey today ruled that the trial in absentia of 26 suspects accused of murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi can be held to Saudi Arabia, in a move that could effectively end the case.

Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018 triggered a global outcry against the kingdom and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Turkish officials said Khashoggi, a prominent critic of bin Salman, was killed and dismembered inside the consulate in an operation that had been approved by the “highest levels” in Riyadh.

US intelligence assessed that the Crown Prince himself approved the operation, though he has denied the allegation.

The ruling Thursday comes a week after a Turkish prosecutor requested the nearly two-year-old trial be halted and transferred to Saudi Arabia because arrest warrants for the suspects could not be executed and their statements could not be taken.

Turkish President President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is currently seeking to mend ties with Riyadh.

The late Khashoggi’s fiancé Hatice Cengiz, and her legal team plan to appeal the decision. They argued that the case would likely fizzle out in Saudi Arabia’s opaque justice system.