Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for five suspects in Khashoggi killing

Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, said prior to the event that Khashoggi would receive a "worthy" funeral prayer now that his death had been confirmed. A bipartisan group of senators, including Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), last month called on President Trump to determine whether the Saudi government had violated the act and to "consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest-ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia".

The CIA believes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the country's de-facto ruler, ordered Khashoggi's killing, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

The Treasury announcement followed the release of a statement in Riyadh saying 11 unnamed Saudi citizens had been indicted in the crime, which took place when Khashoggi visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The prayers were held "in absentia" because The Washington Post columnist's remains have not been found.

Saudi Arabia has offered shifting accounts of what happened, initially saying Khashoggi left the embassy after receiving his documents and later that he was killed when an argument degenerated into a fistfight.

Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a close acquaintance with Saudi's crown prince.

The Trump administration on Thursday announced sanctions against 17 Saudis for their alleged roles in Khashoggi's death.

But members of Congress are pushing Mr Trump for a tougher response to the killing. The journalist went into self-imposed exile in the United States in 2017 after falling out with Prince Mohammed.

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Trump has called the killing a botched operation that was carried out very poorly and has said "the coverup was one of the worst coverups in the history of coverups".

The sanctions are being imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, a USA law that empowers the United States to sanction human rights abusers overseas. Some have said Trump should suspend arms sales to the kingdom and drop his support for MbS, but Trump has so far resisted that pressure. After that, they communicated via text messages, she said.

Baeshen said the ambassador did not discuss with Khashoggi "anything related to going to Turkey".

The intelligence agency reportedly examined a phone call between the crown prince's brother Khalid bin Salman, who is the Saudi ambassador to the US, and Khashoggi.

"You are welcome to check the phone records and cellphone content to corroborate this - in which case, you would have to request it from Turkish authorities", Baeshen said, adding that Saudi prosecutors have checked the phone records numerous times to no avail.

The prosecutor's version of events hewed closely to a Saudi statement last month saying that the agents had been ordered only to persuade, or if necessary to force, the return to Saudi Arabia of Khashoggi, a USA resident and contributing columnist for The Washington Post who has written critically of the ruling monarchy. "I ask the USA government to release any information regarding this claim (sic)".

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