Five Suspects Face Capital Punishment for Journalist Khashoggi Murder
Five Suspects Face Capital Punishment for Journalist Khashoggi Murder. Five of the 11 suspects in the case of the murder of the Saudi government-critical journalist Jamal Khashoggi are risking the death penalty.
The Saudi Attorney General has commanded that punishment against them at the opening of the trial on Thursday for a court in Riyadh.
Khashoggi, a keen critic of the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed on 2 October 2018 in the consulate of his native country in Turkey where he was collecting administrative documents.
The operation was conducted by fifteen people who came from Saudi Arabia and immediately after the murder also flew back to that country with two private flights and one scheduled flight.
Saudi officials have frequently rejected that Mohammed bin Salman is connected to the murder.
The eleven Saudis who stand trial are suspected of involvement in the killing of Khashoggi. The death penalty has been requested against five. The attorney general did not publish their names in a statement, which was distributed by the state news agency SPA.