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Saudi Arabia admits journalist Khashoggi dismembered in Consulate

Activists protest the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

Activists protest the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.   | Photo Credit: AP

Five Saudi officials face the death penalty over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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.

Saudi Crown Prince exonerated in Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor 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. 

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