Five Saudi officials face death penalty for Khashoggi murder

Five Saudi officials face death penalty for Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor says he will seek the death penalty for five individuals accused of murdering Jamal Khashoggi.

Prosecutors said the highest-level official incriminated in connection with the killing is former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, who was sacked as pressure from Turkey and the world mounted on Saudi Arabia.

The journalist's body parts were then handed over to an agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesperson said.

After first insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, Saudi authorities said he was killed in an argument that degenerated into a brawl before finally accepting what Turkey had said virtually from the start - that he was killed in a premeditated hit. The prosecution "demands the death penalty for those who ordered and executed the killing and they're five people", he said.

He was sacked for allegedly ordering Khashoggi to return to the consulate.

"The crime included a fight and injecting the citizen [Khashoggi] with a drug overdose that led to his death", the official said.

He added that al-Qahtani had been banned from travelling and remained under investigation.

In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the prosecutor's office said that fresh information had been provided by a joint Saudi-Turkish team, along with interrogations of 21 suspects now in custody.




"The leader of the mission to repatriate Khashoggi made a decision to kill him when he failed to convince him to return", Shaalan said. The head of the negotiation team chose to murder the victim if the negotiations failed.

"We find all those steps positive but insufficient", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised speech".

The global fallout over the case has tarnished the image of the 33-year-old prince, the kingdom's de facto ruler and heir apparent.

President Tayyip Erdogan said the recordings are "appalling" and shocked a Saudi intelligence officer who listened to them.

Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile overseas for almost a year before he was killed by Saudi agents at the consulate on October 2.

The prosecutor's office also said it was awaiting Turkey's response to its request for evidence and sound recordings of the crime.

Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, the former deputy chief of Saudi intelligence, had ordered a 15-man team on a mission to the Turkish city to force Khashoggi to go back to Saudi Arabia, al-Mojeb said.

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