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Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor announced Thursday that his team has indicted 11 suspects in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will seek the death penalty for five of them.
Shaalan al-Shaalan, a spokesman for the prosecutor, said at a news conference in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, that the country’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had nothing to do with the disappearance or death of Khashoggi, whose writings were often very critical of the crown prince and the kingdom.
Shaalan - Saud - Al-Mojeb - Prosecutor - Reason
Shaalan said Saud al-Mojeb, the prosecutor, has reason to believe the direction to kill Khashoggi came from a relatively low-level official who acted without authorization and without a plan, according to The Washington Post.
“His royal highness the crown prince has nothing to do with this issue. This was a rogue operation,” Adel al-Jubeir, the kingdom’s foreign minister, told reporters in Riyadh, adding that the prosecutor’s results further exonerate the prince. “For their mistakes they will pay the price.”
Instance - Investigators - Reporting - Murder - Cover-up
This instance contradicts Turkish investigators’ initial reporting, which suggested the murder was premeditated and included an extensive cover-up, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan believe it came from “the highest levels of the Saudi government.”
Saudi investigators have a total of 21 suspects in custody.
Kingdom - Claims
Despite the kingdom’s claims that the...
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