Saudi Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty for Five in Khashoggi Killing

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Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia

In a rare press conference in Riyadh, he said that 21 people are now in custody, with 11 indicted and referred to trial.

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is recommending the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The prosecutor said Thursday that 21 people are now in custody, with 11 indicted and referred to trial.

Saudi Al-Mojeb told journalists in a rare press conference in Riyadh that Khashoggi’s killers had set in motion plans for the killing on Sept. 29, three days before he was killed inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.

The prosecutor says the highest-level official behind the killing is Saudi former deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri, who has been fired for ordering Khashoggi’s forced return.

Turkey has blamed the highest ranks of power in Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s brutal death, saying the kingdom sent an assassination squad for him.