Saudi Arabia indicted 11 suspects and prosecutors have been requesting the demise penalty for 5 of them for the homicide of columnist Jamal Khashoggi final month, the dominion’s high prosecutor introduced Thursday.
Khashoggi’s killers had deliberate the homicide on Sept. 29, three days earlier than the Washington Put up columnist disappeared throughout a go to to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Al-Mojeb stated in a uncommon press convention. Not less than 21 individuals in complete have been in custody.
Former Saudi deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri was the highest-level official behind the killing, the prosecutor stated. He was fired for allegedly ordering Khashoggi to return to the consulate.
Khashoggi was killed by a 15-member Saudi “hit squad” despatched from Riyahh, based on Turkish officers. Ankara has insisted the orders for Khashoggi’s killing got here from the very best ranges of the Saudi authorities, however not Salman himself.
The so-called “hit squad” strangled and dismembered Khashoggi on the consulate, Turkish officers have stated. His physique could have been chemically dissolved because it has not but been found, based on a number of media reviews.
An audio recording of Khashoggi’s killing had been shared with Saudi Arabia and different international locations, together with the U.S., Britain, France, Germany and Canada, based on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The audio recording of the killing was so “atrocious” a Saudi intelligence official who heard it speculated that “solely somebody who took heroin” might have finished it, Erdogan stated.
“The recording is actually atrocious. In reality, when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recording he was so shocked that he stated ‘this one in all probability took heroin. Solely somebody who took heroin would do it,” Erdogan was quoted as saying within the pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak.
U.S. nationwide safety adviser John Bolton stated he didn’t assume tape implicated Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud.
“That’s not the conclusion that the individuals who have heard it have come to,” Bolton stated in Singapore on Tuesday.
President Donald Trump seeks to know that fact about what occurred within the consulate the place Khashoggi was killed, Bolton stated.
“I’ve not listened to the tape myself, however within the evaluation of those that have listened to it, it doesn’t, in any manner, hyperlink the crown prince to the killing,” Bolton stated.
The Related Press contributed to this report.