Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Riyadh says seeking death penalty for 5 in Khashoggi case

Riyadh says seeking death penalty for 5 in Khashoggi case

The Saudi Human Rights Commission attended the first session held by the criminal court to sue the indicted by the general prosecution in the murder of late citizen Jamal Khashoggi.

In response to a question about the Saudi prosecutor's demand for the suspects' death penalty, the OHCHR Spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani said on Friday that the office calls for an independent investigation "with worldwide involvement".

Jamal Khashoggi, a former government insider turned self-exiled critic of Saudi policy who wrote for The Washington Post, was killed on October 2 past year after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The Saudis had presented shifting accounts about the journalist's fate, initially denying any knowledge before arguing that a group of rogue operators, many of whom belong to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's inner circle, were responsible for Khashoggi's death.

The appalling nature of the murder, which violated all principles of diplomacy and global law, has even moved some to finally "notice" the brutal war in Yemen, waged by the Saudi-led coalition for well over three years.

Hasan Minhaj seemingly struck a chord in Saudi Arabia with a recent episode of his show "Patriot Act".

Netflix withdrew an episode of the comedy show "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" from its Internet streaming service in Saudi Arabia after officials of the kingdom complained, the company said on Wednesday.

The killing has seen members of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage implicated in the writer's assassination. No date has been set for the next hearing.

Thursday's statement said the kingdom was still awaiting responses to requests for information sent to Turkish officials.

Two days later Riyadh finally admits Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate after talks deteriorated into a "brawl".

In the roughly 18-minute now-censored "Patriot Act" monologue, Minhaj also mentions the ruling Al Saud family and its vast wealth, saying: "Saudi Arabia is insane". But in November the Saudi attorney general ruled out any involvement by the young crown prince.

"The prosecution agreed to both requests", SPA said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government.

But Turkish sources told MEE at the time that the Saudi officials were very uncooperative and only sought to find out what Turkey knew, failing to offer any evidence themselves.

On December 28 Saudi Arabia's new foreign minister Ibrahim al-Assaf, appointed the day before in a surprise government reshuffle, insists the kingdom is not in crisis over the affair.

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