Istanbul prosecutor indicts Saudi suspects for Khashoggi killing

Some Western federal governments, in addition to the CIA, stated they thought Prince Salman purchased the killing – an allegation Saudi authorities have actually rejected [Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters]

The Istanbul prosecutor’s office stated it had actually prepared an indictment versus 20 suspects over the killing of Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi, consisting of the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s basic intelligence and a former royal consultant.

Khashoggi’s killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 triggered a global outcry, staining the image of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).

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Some Western federal governments, in addition to the CIA, stated they thought MBS purchased the killing – an allegation Saudi authorities have actually rejected.

The prosecutor’s office stated the indictment implicates the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s basic intelligence, Ahmed al-Asiri, and the former royal court consultant, Saud al-Qahtani, of having “instigated premeditated murder with monstrous intent”.

It implicates 18 others of performing the killing of Khashoggi, a United States homeowner and writer for the Washington Post, the prosecutor’s office stated in a declaration.

The indictment was based upon analysis of mobile phone records of the suspects, records of their entry and exit into Turkey and existence at the consulate, witness declarations and analysis of Khashoggi’s phone, laptop and iPad, the declaration stated.

Saudi Arabia’s media ministry did not right away react to a demand for comment.

In December, a Saudi court sentenced 5 individuals to death and 3 to prison over Khashoggi’smurder A Saudi prosecutor stated there was no proof linking al-Qahtani to the killing and the court dismissed the charges versus al-Asiri.

Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from Istanbul, stated no one in Turkey has any concept on why this indictment was revealed and a public case opened offered the coronavirus pandemic. 

SOURCE:.
Al Jazeera and news firms

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