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Saudi Arabia Exonerates Crown Prince in Khashoggi Murder Case; Seeks Death Sentence for 5 Accused

A spokesman for the public prosecutor's office denied Prince Mohammed had any knowledge of the killing inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, in response to a journalist's question.

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Updated:November 15, 2018, 5:44 PM IST
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Saudi Arabia Exonerates Crown Prince in Khashoggi Murder Case; Seeks Death Sentence for 5 Accused
A demonstrator wearing a mask of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a protest outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. (Image: Reuters)
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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor on Thursday exonerated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, accusing two senior officials of giving the orders.

A spokesman for the public prosecutor's office denied Prince Mohammed had any knowledge of the killing inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, in response to a journalist's question.

The spokesman said the deputy chief of Saudi intelligence, General Ahmed al-Assiri, had given an order to force Khashoggi home — and "the head of the negotiating team" that flew to Istanbul had ordered his murder.

Earlier on Thursday, Saudi Arabia admitted that the slain journalist was dismembered in the consulate.

Five Saudi officials face the death penalty over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was drugged and dismembered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, Riyadh's public prosecutor said on Thursday.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and vocal dissident, died after being drugged by the five accused and then dismembered, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office said in the first Saudi acknowledgement of the manner of his killing.

The journalist's body parts were then handed over to an agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said.

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| Edited by: Ahona Sengupta
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