Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor has recommended death penalty for five suspects out of the 11 charged with carrying out the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi former deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri has been accused by the Saudi prosecutor as the official behind ordering Khashoggi’s return.
On Tuesday, after listening to the Khashoggi audio tapes, the American intelligence officials claimed to have found strong evidence that allegedly links Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia to the killing of former Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi Murder Case: Audio Recordings Hint Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman Involvement.
While the Turkish government on Monday insisted it had shared with a French intelligence agency the audio recordings and transcripts related to the killing of a Saudi Arabian journalist in his country's consulate in Istanbul last month. Jamal Khashoggi Killing: Murder-Related Audio Recordings, Transcripts Shared With French Intelligence, Claims Turkey.
The assertion came after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview Monday that he had no knowledge of Turkey sharing audio of Jamal Khashoggi's killing, and accused Turkey of playing a political game with the journalist's death, Efe reported.