Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos joined activists in Istanbul on Wednesday for a vigil outside the Saudi consulate where the newspaper's columnist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered a year ago.
International rights groups renewed calls for a full United Nations investigation into the killing.
The 59-year-old journalist was strangled and dismembered at Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 2, 2018 after entering to obtain documents needed for his marriage to Turkish citizen Hatice Cengiz. The botched cover-up that followed drew international outrage and calls for justice.
Cengiz unveiled a memorial to her slain fiancé directly in front of the consulate.
"After the worst year of my life, I stand here broken but proud," she said in a speech. "I still seek justice. I want to know what happened to his body. I want his friends to be released from jail. I want those in power to be held accountable for their actions."
Bezos gave a short speech directed at Cengiz, saying: "You need to know that you are in our hearts. We are here and you are not alone."
The case has sorely strained the ultra-conservative Saudi kingdom's ties with the West and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The de facto ruler, who is widely known as 'MBS,' had tried to project an image as a reformer.
"A year ago, he had the great and good eating out of his hand," said David Hearst, chief editor of Middle East Eye, opening the memorial service.
"[But] Jamal's murder became a nightmare for his killer. In sealing Jamal's fate, Mohammad bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, sealed his own."
Eleven suspects have been put on trial in Riyadh over Khashoggi's murder, five of whom face the death penalty, but hearings are held behind closed doors and the names of the defendants have not been released.
Amnesty International's Andrew Gardner denounced the "sham" trial in Riyadh as "a mockery of justice."
International human rights groups used the anniversary to renew calls for a UN-led investigation.
"Saudi authorities have obstructed meaningful accountability for Khashoggi's murder," Human Rights Watch said in a statement.
"If he's serious, the crown prince and his government should provide transparency into the ongoing trial and reveal everything they know about the planning, execution, and aftermath of Khashoggi's murder," HRW's Middle East director, Sarah Leah Whitson, said.
Dozens of top global executives boycotted his showcase business conference, the Future Investment Initiative, last year.
But the outrage has since dissipated and the Washington Post reported that global firms including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup were planning to send top executives to this year's event later this month.