Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against five of the 11 suspects indicted over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
It comes despite Turkey’s demands that members of a 15-man hit team and three-person reconnaissance group allegedly involved in the killing be tried in Turkey.
Saud al-Mojeb told a news conference in Riyadh on Thursday that five men ordered drugging and dismemberment of Khashoggi after “talks with him failed” inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul.
Mojeb said Khashoggi was killed on October 2 after a struggle by a lethal injection dose, and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building.
Ankara, meanwhile, seeks extradition of the suspects.
The United States imposed economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials on Thursday for their role in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor sought the death penalty for five suspects in the murder.