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Saudi prosecutor blames 5 persons in Khasshogi murder, seeks death penalty

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and vocal dissident, died after being drugged by the five accused and then dismembered, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office said

AFP | PTI  |  Riyadh 

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (Photo: Reuters)
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman | Photo: Reuters

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor on Thursday exonerated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of journalist but have requested the death penalty for five people who they say were involved in murdering.

A spokesman for the public prosecutor's office denied Prince Mohammed had any knowledge of the killing inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, in response to a journalist's question.

The spokesman said the deputy chief of Saudi intelligence, General Ahmed al-Assiri, had given an order to force Khashoggi home -- and "the head of the negotiating team" that flew to Istanbul had ordered his murder.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and vocal dissident, died after being drugged by the five accused and then dismembered, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office said in the first Saudi acknowledgement of the manner of his killing. The journalist's body parts were then handed over to an agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said.

First Published: Thu, November 15 2018. 16:40 IST
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