Saudi demands death sentence against 5 suspects in Khashoggi case


Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed has been shielded by his father King Salman during the investigation over the death of Jamal Khashoggi.

That same broadly worded local law has been used by Saudi prosecutors to justify the jailing, torture and death of people who dare to speak out against the royal regime. On New Year's Eve, Turkish police released new video supposedly showing bags containing Khashoggi's body parts being carried into the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul. As the kingdom reluctantly admitted the journalist was actually killed, Riyadh has received a barrage of criticism from politicians and media alike.

Turkish officials said it had sought to extradite the suspects to Turkey to stand trail, but Saudi Arabia turned down the requests. We don't know where they are held, if they are arrested. The defence team requested a copy of the charge sheet and a timeframe within which to review the charges.

No date has been set for the next hearing and it was unclear how long the trial would last.

The names of the 11 defendants have not been officiallyreleased. The prosecution agreed to both requests while its investigation continues, SPA said.

"Saudi Arabia's censorship of Netflix is further proof of a relentless crackdown on freedom of expression in the kingdom", Hadid said.

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.

The officer had been tasked with persuading the dissident journalist to return to the Gulf kingdom, he said.

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Khashoggi's body is believed to have been dismembered.

The remains have not yet been found.

Assaf replaced Adel al-Jubeir.Experts in Saudi politics said the move reflected a perception that Jubeir was tainted by having served as Riyadh's chief global defender during the Khashoggi affair.

In the episode, Minhaj mocked Saudi Arabia's changing account of Khashoggi's death and said it was created to protect Crown Prince Mohammed's worldwide reputation as a "reformer".

Prince Mohammed has denied any role in what he has called a "heinous crime that can not be justified".

The Saudi attorney general later acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder.

As a prominent journalist, he covered major stories including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the rise of Osama Bin Laden for various Saudi news organisations.

Minhaj, 33, also urged his followers to donate to Yemen, where air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition have come under intense scrutiny since Khashoggi was slain, through the International Rescue Committee.