Death penalty sought for five suspects in Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saud al-Mojeb

Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb. Image: PA

Thursday, November 15, 2018

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

The announcement from prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb was published in a statement by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

The highest-level official incriminated in connection with the killing is former deputy intelligence chief, Ahmed al-Assiri, who was fired after mounting pressure from Turkey, and the rest of the world.



A close confidant of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is also facing charges which include ordering Mr Khashoggi's return to Saudi Arabia.

The prosecutor said that 21 people are now in custody, with 11 indicted and referred to trial.

A spokesman for Mr al-Mojeb's office told a press conference in Riyadh that Mr Khashoggi's killers had set plans in motion three days before the murder occurred.

He claimed the killers drugged and killed the writer inside the consulate in Istanbul before dismembering his body and handing it over for disposal to an unindentified party. The body of Mr Khashoggi has still not been found.

The kingdom also confirmed the rumours of a 15-man hit squad being sent to Turkey to carry out the killing.