Saudi Arabia Asks Death Penalty for 5 Men Involved in Killing Khashoggi
The public prosecutor’s office in Saudi Arabia requires death sentences for 5 men suspected of being implicated in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The journalist was killed at the beginning of October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Eleven people are doubted of engagement in the death of Khashoggi. Their names have not been published. The death penalty is now being obliged against five of them, plausibly being members of the death squad. A whole of 21 people was detained in connection with the case.
According to the chief prosecutor, Khashoggi was strangled in the consulate, and his body was then cut into pieces. Where the remains have outlived, is not known. The research is continuing.
According to American intelligence services, the commissioner of the murder is the Saudi prince and heir to the throne Mohammed ben Salman. The Saudi Attorney General stated on Thursday that the Crown Prince is entirely out of prosecution in the case.
A former vice director of the intelligence services is now coming to the fore. “We are waiting for a reply from Turkey to get evidence and audio recordings”, it sounds. American intelligence services are established, nevertheless, that the successor to the throne was indeed the principal.
By the way, Saudi Arabia has asked Turkey to sign a cooperation agreement about the research.
But the Turks have previously indicated that they do not find the explanation of Saudi Arabia adequate. Turkey wants the premeditation of the operation to be homologated. “These measures are positive, but they are inadequate,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu. “This murder is plotted in advance”, he refutes the Saudi version, which says that the killers of Khashoggi first wanted to take him to their country.
The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who lived in exile in the US since 2017, was killed on 2 October in the consulate of his homeland in Turkey where he went to collect administrative documents. According to the Turkish dish, the man was first strangled and then mutilated. Then his body was smuggled out of the consulate.
The operation was conducted by 15 people who came from Saudi Arabia and quickly after the murder also flew back to Saudi Arabia with two private flights and one scheduled flight.
Khashoggi was a columnist for The Washington Post. He voiced sharp criticism of the crown prince from exile in the United States last year. He blamed him, among other things, of ruling as the Russian president Putin.