Saudi Arabia's Public Prosecution called for the execution of five people who confessed to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Turkey.
They added that 21 people are being investigated, and 11 have been charged in the murder, however, they said that the system of criminal procedure prohibits the disclosure of the names of the accused.
The prosecution said that the premeditation of murder happened on September 29, and that someone disabled the surveillance cameras at the consulate before carrying out the murder. This individual was identified following investigations, the prosecution said.
The investigation also identified the individual who wore the victim’s clothes after the murder and disposed of the victim’s belongings in a trash receptacle, including his watch and glasses, after leaving the Consulate building.
The prosecution’s spokesperson added that Saudi Arabia has asked Turkey to provide the kingdom with the evidence and voice recordings relating to the case, but that they are still waiting for Turkey to oblige to their request.
“A team was created to convince Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia by order from the former deputy intelligence chief,” the spokesperson said. Read more
The leader of this mission formed a 15-member team that consisted of three groups (negotiations/ intelligence/ logistics) to persuade and return the victim. The leader of the mission suggested to the former Deputy President of the General Intelligence Presidency to assign a former colleague to head the negotiation group in the team because of his previous relationship with the victim. This former colleague was assigned at the time to work with a former Advisor.
He added that this former Saudi advisor was also involved in the planning of the murder, adding that the head of the team assigned to convince to Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia was the one who took the decision to murder him.
The former advisor is banned from traveling and is under investigation.
The prosecution also stated that Khashoggi’s body was dismembered after he was murdered following a physical altercation, and moved out of the consulate. They added that five of the accused are the ones who transferred his body outside of the consulate, and another one gave the dismembered body to a local collaborator. He said that a sketch of this collaborator was drawn, and it will be given to the Turkish authorities.
The prosecution also said that the accused gave an untruthful report to the former deputy intelligence chief, and denied killing Khashoggi in the beginning.
The prosecution added that a fight had taken place, and then Khashoggi was drugged and dismembered.
They stated that the prosecution does not respond to rumors and leaks from Turkish media. The Public Prosecutor has also requested the Turkish authorities to sign a special cooperation mechanism specific to this case in order to receive any findings from their investigation.