DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – the Prosecutor of Saudi Arabia announced Thursday that it will seek the death penalty for five individuals accused of killing the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in c onsulado of the country in Istanbul, while the United States came to punish 17 Saudi Arabian officials, who said that they were involved in the murder. The announcement seems an attempt to distance the crime the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been the target of a barrage of criticism at the international level by the death. The decision to demand the death penalty, announced by Attorney general saudi Saud al – Mojeb is not something unusual in the country.
Meanwhile in Washington, the Department of the Treasury of United States announced sanctions against 17 Saudi Arabian officials who considered responsible for or complicit in the crime. Among them are: Saud Al – Qahtani, one of the closest advisors of Crown Prince, and Mohammed al – Otaibi, the diplomat in charge of the saudi Consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi was murdered. Maher Mutreb, Member of the Entourage that accompanied the Prince in his travels abroad was also mentioned. To intense international pressure, the prosecution also mentioned two men who are part of the intimacy of the Crown Prince, although he did not point directly accuse them of having organized crime. Instead, are accused of having ordered the forced return of Khashoggi as part of an operation that, according to the Saudi simply went wrong.
In a shortly after the Thursday press conference, Sheikh Shalan to Al – Shalan, spokesman for the Prosecutor’s office, said that the crime committed on October 2 was under orders from a man who was responsible for sending the squadron responsible for bring Khashoggi’s return to Saudi Arabia to the force.
It did not reveal the name of that individual, but said that it was part of a squad of 15 people divided into three: one to negotiate, others to gather intelligence and others responsible for logistics. He said that on the morning of the crime, the captain of the negotiating group realized that would not be able to bring Khashoggi to force «by which decided to kill him instead». This seems to contradict an earlier saudi statement, citing as a source to the Turkish intelligence, that the murder was premeditated. Al – Shalan said that the murderers of Khashoggi began plotting the plot on September 29, three days before the crime. He said that the killers drugged and killed the writer inside the Consulate, dismembered and delivered the remains to an unidentified accomplice to you get rid of them. The remains have not been found. The dismal end of Khashoggi, who as columnist for the Washington Post was a scathing critic of the saudi monarchy, caused controversy around the world and aroused suspicions of an operation of such magnitude could not be carried out without at least the consent of the Crown Prince. Turkey was not convinced by the Saudi explanations.
«We do not consider that these explanations have been satisfactory,» the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
«Those who gave the orders, the real culprits, have to be discovered. This process can not put you end as well», added. The Turkish Government requires that the suspect be prosecuted in estimated this note: