New Delhi: Five Saudi Officials Face the death penalty over the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate, Riyadh’s public prosecutor said on Thursday.
However, he said Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman has not been implicated in the murder.
A spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office, in the first Saudi acknowledgement of the manner of his killing, said Khashoggi, a vocal dissident, died after being drugged by the five accused and then dismembered.
He said the journalist’s body parts were then handed over to an agent outside the consulate grounds.
The prosecutor has requested 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.
It said a total of 21 individuals were in custody in connection with the killing, 11 of whom have been indicted with investigations to continue into the others.
‘Drugged, and then dismembered’
Speaking to reporters in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, the deputy public prosecutor said his office has requested the death penalty for five people who have been charged with “ordering and committing the crime and for the appropriate sentences for the other indicted individuals”.
He said 11 out of 21 suspects have been indicted and that their cases will be referred to court, while the investigation with the remaining suspects will continue in order to determine their role in the crime.
Global fallout over Khashoggi’s killing
Khashoggi’s killing plunged the world’s top oil exporter into its worst diplomatic crisis since September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Khashoggi died after being drugged and then dismembered, said Shaalaan in the first Saudi confirmation of how he was killed.
The journalist’s body parts were then handed over to an agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said.
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