Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi murder: Five suspects may face death penalty

Khashoggi's killers face public execution JAMAL KHASHOGGI The accused murderers face decapitation
Jeannette Daniel | 15 November, 2018, 14:09

Five Saudi officials are facing the death penalty after being accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mr al Mojeb said that a former adviser to the royal court, Saud al-Qahtani, had been due to meet the team that was ordered to send back the journalist, who was killed after efforts to negotiate his return failed.

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.

Mr Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policy, was killed in the country's Istanbul consulate on 2 October, after a struggle, by lethal injection dose.

Rumours have swirled about the cause of death of Khashoggi, with Saudi Arabia initially claiming he died in a fight.

Investigations are ongoing to find the remains, the prosecutor insisted.

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The prosecutor has requested the death penalty for the five who "are charged with ordering and committing the crime and for the appropriate sentences for the other indicted individuals", an official statement published by state news agency SPA said.

The prosecutor added that Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has not been implicated in the murder.

Saudi authorities had said it detained 21 suspects as part of the murder investigations.

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.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also said he believes "the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government". Indeed when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recordings he was so shocked he said: "'This one must have taken heroin, only someone who takes who heroin would do this", he added.

Khashoggi's murder has also led to increased scrutiny of Saudi Arabia's role in the Yemen war, which has pushed the impoverished country to the brink of starvation.

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