Khashoggi's Accused Killers To Face Dealth Penalty

Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor is recommending the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Al-Mojeb told journalists in a rare press conference in Riyadh on Thursday that Khashoggi's killers had set in motion plans for the killing on September 29, three days before he was killed inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

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Prosecutors recommend death sentence for Khashoggi killers. Image: Getty Images.

The prosecutor says the highest-level official behind the killing is Saudi former deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri, who has been fired for ordering Khashoggi's forced return.

The prosecutor said 21 people are now in custody, with 11 indicted and referred to trial.

Khashoggi was killed after a struggle by a lethal injection dose and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, deputy public prosecutor and spokesman Shaalan al-Shaalan told reporters.

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CCTV claims to show Jamal Khashoggi arriving at Saudi Arabiaâ€'s consulate in Istanbul. Image: ABACAPRESS via AAP

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The whereabouts of Khashoggi's body remain unknown, he said.

Turkey has blamed the highest ranks of power in Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's brutal death, saying the kingdom sent an assassination squad for him.

With Reuters.