Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
PHOTO BY ARCHIVE
DUBAI – The Public Prosecutor in Saudi Arabia on Thursday (November 5) called for the death penalty for five people involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi was first reported missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. It later emerged that he was killed while inside the consulate. His dismembered body was later found with strangulation marks.
According to a Saudi official who refused to be identified, Khashoggi was killed by a team of 15 Saudi operatives who were ordered to persuade him to come back to Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi moved to the US last year for fear of reprisals for his anti-government views.I
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had described Khashoggi’s case as a “heinous crime that cannot be justified”.
On Thursday, the prosecutor told reporters that former Saudi advisor Saud Al Qahtani was meeting with the team ordered to repatriate Khashoggi’s remains.
The prosecution has charged a total of 11 people over the killing of Khashoggi. GAD/Expat Media
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