Saudi top prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi murder

Lester Mason
November 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor has recommended the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Their cases have been referred to a court while investigations into another 10 people suspected of involvement continue.

"The leader of the mission to repatriate Khashoggi made a decision to kill him when he failed to convince him to return", Shaalan said.

A spokesman for the public prosecutor's office denied Prince Mohammed had any knowledge of the killing inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, in response to a journalist's question.

The prosecutor added that Saudi believes Khashoggi was given a lethal injection inside the country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The prosecutor also exonerated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder, and accused two senior officials of giving the orders.

Investigations are still ongoing to find the remains of Khashoggi.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancee who was with him at the consulate the day he died to retrieve documents allowing them to marry, has demanded the kingdom hand back his remains for a proper burial.

After repeated denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted in mid-October that Khashoggi had been murdered at the compound, but blamed it on a "rogue" operation.

President Tayyip Erdogan said recordings related to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, which Turkey has shared with Western allies, are "appalling" and shocked a Saudi intelligence officer who listened to them, Turkish media reported on Tuesday.

Khashoggi's killing has provoked global outrage but little concrete action by world powers against Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter and a supporter of Washington's plans to contain Iranian influence across the Middle East.

The deputy chief of Saudi Arabia's intelligence, General Ahmed al-Assiri, gave the order to repatriate Khashoggi - and "the head of the negotiating team" that flew to the Istanbul consulate had ordered his murder, the spokesman said.

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