Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Saudi admits journalist Khashoggi dismembered in consulate

Saudi admits journalist Khashoggi dismembered in consulate

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.

He added that Saud al-Qahtani, a former advisor to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is also under investigation and barred from traveling overseas.

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.

Saud al-Mojeb told a news conference that Mr Khashoggi's killers had set in motion plans for the murder on 29 September, three days before he was killed inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

A spokesman for the prosecutor later denied that Salman had any knowledge of the killing.

The statement added that the sacked deputy chief of Saudi intelligence, Ahmed al-Assiri, had formed a team to repatriate Khashoggi to his home country, and a former royal adviser had taken part in preparing the operation.

After weeks of denials and under growing worldwide pressure, Saudi Arabia finally admitted that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate in a premeditated murder.

The Saudi Public Prosecution pointed out that the investigations revealed the method of the crime carried out against Khashoggi, where a physical altercation broke out, then he was injected with a large amount of drugs leading to his death.

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.

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.

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.

Like this: