DOHA, Jan 3: Saudi prosecutors are planning to seek death penalty for five out of 11 suspects in the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a statement by the country’s Prosecutor-General’s office circulated by SPA state news agency on Thursday.
A court in Saudi Arabia on Thursday held first hearings in Khashoggi murder case. “The first meeting of the criminal court was held in Riyadh in the case of those accused of killing Jamal Khashoggi, there were 11 of them.
The meeting was held in the presence of lawyers under Article 4, the General Prosecutor’s Office demanded the implementation of the Sharia criminal law against the detainees, and the death penalty for five of them for the involvement in the murder,” the statement said.
Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. After weeks of denials, the Saudi authorities admitted that the US-based columnist had been killed and dismembered inside the diplomatic mission.