Saudi admits journalist Khashoggi dismembered in consulate

Pauline Gross
November 15, 2018

Saudi prosecutors have requested the death penalty for five of the accused, whom they say ordered and supervised Khashoggi's murder at the consulate, Al-Arabiya reported.

Investigations showed that the decision to form the team was made by the former Deputy President of the General Intelligence Presidency, and that the person who ordered the killing of the Saudi citizen and journalist on October 2, in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, was the leader of this negotiating team.

Khashoggi, the Washington Post contributor and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was drugged and his body dismembered, a spokesman for the public prosecutor said, in the first Saudi confirmation of how the journalist died.

With global pressure mounting, Saudi Arabia on October 20 admitted that Khashoggi had died inside its embassy in Istanbul.

According to the Al-Arabiya report, the prosecution said that someone had disabled the security cameras inside the consulate before committing the crime.

Eleven out of a total of 21 people arrested in connection with Khashoggi's killing last month have been indicted, a spokesperson for the prosecution said at a press conference in the capital Riyadh.

The public prosecutor had earlier said he was seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged with the murder of Khashoggi.

The prosecutor, Shaalan al-Shaalan, also said that the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body remained unknown.

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It was during this fistfight that Khashoggi was killed, Saudi Arabia said.

The journalist went into self-imposed exile in the United States in 2017 after falling out with Prince Mohammed.

Turkey also says it has a recording related to the killing which it has shared with Western allies.

The prosecutor also said he was waiting for Turkish intelligence to pass over evidence of Khashoggi's death, including an audio recording that purportedly captures Khashoggi's last moments.

"The Saudis will continue to push the narrative that these advisors "betrayed the prince's trust".

Saudi agents originally wanted to bring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia alive, the spokesman said.

Saudi authorities initially stated the journalist left the consulate, before backtracking and admitting on October 20 he was killed by "rogue" operatives.

Other reports by GizPress

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