The trial has opened in Riyadh, of eleven defendants accused of killing the US-based critic of Saudi Arabia, Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.
The truth is that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing, but, in situations like this, some juggling has to be done.
Firstly, Mr Khashoggi is fine, and has already left the consulate.
Secondly, if that won't wash, Mr Khashoggi is dead, but only because of a fistfight that, somehow, got out of hand.
If this does not satisfy the court, then Mr Khashoggi died after putting up an intense, though grossly outnumbered, struggle against up to 15 Saudi agents who just happened to be there.
If any doubt still exists in the minds of the jurors, whose families could all be in trouble if the trial 'doesn't go well', there is a fourth option. This is, that rogue operatives acted outside the authority of the Crown Prince, knowing that he would react by having them executed for undermining his power.
Then, Mr Khashoggi was cut up into manageable pieces with a large and powerful saw, and dispersed in places he wouldn't be found.
Prosecutors have asked for the death penalty in respect of five of the accused, but not for the Crown Prince, in this ridiculous and childish Saudi Game of Lies.