On November 15, Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb demanded the death penalty for five defendants accused in the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
Khashoggi went missing on October 2 after he had entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Riyadh initially denied any responsibility for the crime. But later, Saudi authorities arrested 21 Saudis as part of an investigation into the murder.
“The Prosecutor General’s Office demanded to execute those who ordered and committed the murder — there are five of them,” the Saudi official news agency SPA quoted the prosecutor’s statement.
According to the Attorney General, General Ahmed al-Assiri, the former Saudi deputy intelligence chief fired in October, was the highest-level figure behind the murder. Al-Assiri allegedly ordered a “negotiating team” to return Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, while the head of the team had given the order to kill the journalist in case the operation to convince Khashoggi to return failed.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu commented on al-Mojeb’s statement saying that the statement was “insufficient”. Herepeated that the previous claims that the murder was “premeditated”.
“We find the statement of Saudi Arabia about the murder of Khashoggi positive but not sufficient. The Saudi side will share the details of its investigation with our prosecutor’s office. But we already know that the murder was planned in advance and that the journalist was first killed and the body was later dismembered,” Cavusoglu said on TRT TV. “And how they would be killing and then disposing of the body was also planned, special devices were brought to the consulate general.”