Khashoggi: UN says Saudi trial in case 'not sufficient'

07 January, 2019, 06:11 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Suspects in Khashoggi's killing brought before Saudi court

The state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported that at the court session, which was held in Riyadh, the prosecutor demanded that "proper punishments" be imposed against the 11 defendants and that "capital punishment" sentences be handed to five of them over their direct involvement in the killing. The statement from the prosecutor said the suspects attended the hearing in the presence of their lawyers.

The statement also said that prosecutors sent a request to Turkey for evidence that Ankara has collected over the October 2 slaying of Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The episode in question featured an American comedian, Hasan Minhaj, mocking the official Saudi version of what happened inside their consulate in Istanbul last October, where the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered.

Hasan Minhaj sharply criticized the Saudi royal family and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"This is why a UN-led and independent investigation is needed into the murder".

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Local police press officer Monika Kosiec told reporters that the injured man was thought to be 25 years old. The man was taken to hospital with burns and has not yet been able to be quizzed by investigators.

Five top officials in Saudi Arabia - including royal court insider Saud al-Qahtani - were sacked over the Khashoggi murder, but there is no proof they are among those charged.

US senators were briefed by USA intelligence agencies which concluded that Prince Mohammed ordered the operation to kill Khashoggi. No date has been set for the next hearing.

Two days later Riyadh finally admits Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate after talks deteriorated into a "brawl".

"We are aware of this trial that is taking place in Saudi Arabia, but this is not sufficient", she added.

The Washington Post on November 16 quotes anonymous sources in the investigation saying the Central Intelligence Agency had concluded the crown prince was involved in the murder plot.

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The conflict - which has claimed the lives of over 60,000, brought millions to the brink of starvation, and triggered a massive cholera outbreak - has been repeatedly called the "world's worst humanitarian crisis" by the United Nations and other human rights watchdogs.

Saudi prosecutors have used the broadly worded law to imprison rights activists, poets and others who have expressed views deemed critical of the government or its policies on social media.

Saudi Arabia responded to CNN's request for comment by accusing Turkey of "politicizing" Khashoggi's killing by leaking details of evidence to the media. "The Kingdom will continue to uphold accountability and ensure justice is served within its laws", the official said.

The U.S. streaming giant had to remove it after the Saudi government made a legal request, alleging the content violated anti-cybercrime rules.

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