SAUDI ARABIA Seeks Death Penalty For ‘Hit Squad’ Charged With Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder; Chief Prosecutor

Death penalty sought for men charged with killing journalist, Jamal Khashoggi

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!| Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor said today he would seek the death penalty for five men charged with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, while the United States moved to sanction 17 Saudi officials it said were involved in the slaying.

The Saudi announcement appeared aimed at distancing the killers and their operation from the kingdom’s leadership, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, amid a global outcry over the writer’s death.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said the crown prince had “absolutely” nothing to do with Khashoggi’s death.

The US Treasury Department, meanwhile, announced it was imposing sanctions on 17 Saudi officials who it said were responsible for or complicit in the killing. Among those targeted for sanctions are Saud al-Qahtani, who was one of the crown prince’s closest aides, and Mohammed al-Otaibi, the diplomat in charge of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2.

Also named is Maher Mutreb, who was part of the crown prince’s entourage on trips abroad.

With the kingdom facing mounting international pressure, prosecutors have pointed the finger at some members of the crown prince’s inner circle but stopped short of accusing them of ordering Khashoggi’s killing.

Those closest to the prince are instead accused of ordering Khashoggi’s forced return in an operation that the Saudis allege went awry.

In a news conference, Sheikh Shalan al-Shalan, the deputy attorney general, said the killing was ordered by an individual whom he did not identify but said was responsible for negotiating Khashoggi’s return back to Saudi Arabia from Istanbul.

The individual was part of a 15-man team that was made up of negotiators, intelligence officers and logistics officials. 

Eleven charged with murder of Jamal Khashoggi, five facing death penaltyPlay Video00:17Prosecutors say he was tied up and injected with a lethal overdose, before being dismembered. Source: Breakfas

Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor said today he would seek the death penalty for five men charged with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, while the United States moved to sanction 17 Saudi officials it said were involved in the slaying.

The Saudi announcement appeared aimed at distancing the killers and their operation from the kingdom’s leadership, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, amid a global outcry over the writer’s death.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said the crown prince had “absolutely” nothing to do with Khashoggi’s death.

The US Treasury Department, meanwhile, announced it was imposing sanctions on 17 Saudi officials who it said were responsible for or complicit in the killing. Among those targeted for sanctions are Saud al-Qahtani, who was one of the crown prince’s closest aides, and Mohammed al-Otaibi, the diplomat in charge of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi was killed Oct. 2.

Also named is Maher Mutreb, who was part of the crown prince’s entourage on trips abroad.

With the kingdom facing mounting international pressure, prosecutors have pointed the finger at some members of the crown prince’s inner circle but stopped short of accusing them of ordering Khashoggi’s killing.

Those closest to the prince are instead accused of ordering Khashoggi’s forced return in an operation that the Saudis allege went awry.

In a news conference, Sheikh Shalan al-Shalan, the deputy attorney general, said the killing was ordered by an individual whom he did not identify but said was responsible for negotiating Khashoggi’s return back to Saudi Arabia from Istanbul.

The individual was part of a 15-man team that was made up of negotiators, intelligence officers and logistics officials.

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