The case of the death of Jamal Khashoggi reached its denouement with all the secrets around it revealed after the Saudi public prosecution exposed the case details, named those involved.
He demanded the death penalty for the five people responsible for the crime.
This came after the investigations which lasted for more than a month along with the criminal probe team which revealed the broad lines of the crime after interrogating those involved.
The investigation results, which were announced, reflected the Saudi government’s pledge that justice would prevail and that all those involved, whoever they were, would be punished appropriately.
11 people charged
In spite of the attempts of some media in the intervening period to question the conduct of Saudi investigations and to incite international opinion against the Kingdom, the prosecution confirmed on Thursday that it pressed charges against 11 people - out of the 21 involved - in addition to calling for the death penalty for the five who ordered and initiated the crime.
The statement of the Public Prosecution and its response to all the questions from journalists explained all the details. The public prosecution, following the system of criminal procedure, did not of course, reveal the names of the accused since the procedural system prevented it.
With this announcement, Saudi Arabia is close to bringing the curtains down on the case file and leaving the matter to the judicial and justice institutions to decide.
The statement by the Saudi Attorney General is clear in terms of the full facts, revealing that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the leader of the negotiating team that went to retrieve him. Jamal’s body was dismembered and handed over to a local contractor.
The Saudi statement also concluded that the commander of the mission had agreed with the negotiating team and their leader - who decided and started the killing - to submit a false report to the former deputy head of the General Intelligence, stating that the victim was released from the consulate after the negotiation as well as the bid to force Khashoggi to return failed.
Dr. Mohammed Al-Mahmoud, the Saudi Legal Advisor, said on Thursday that after the statement of the Public Prosecution, Saudi Arabia has proved to the whole world that it is a state based on the law in all its procedures, pointing out that the statement of the prosecution is “a slap to all media campaigns against the Kingdom.”
The Saudi legal adviser pointed out that the defendants in the case who are at a high level in the ranks of the state, as he put it, with “some of them in sensitive positions, and yet it became clear that the independence of the Public Prosecutor’s Office made them come out with these results despite the difficult situation.”
A few days ago, the son of Jamal Khashoggi came out on CNN, ending rumors about the death of their father.
The two sons, Salah and Abdullah Jamal Khashoggi, rejected attempts by some parties to exploit the incident of their father’s death politically on the widespread American news network.
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