Progress of casughi’s murder
On December 23, local time, a statement read by the procuratorate office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, said that a Saudi court sentenced five people to death and another three to 24 years’ imprisonment for the murder of journalist kasughi. Saudi prosecutors said it was the result of a “rogue operation.”.
Kasughi has long criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for not coming out after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 to go through marriage related formalities. On October 20, Saudi prosecutors announced that after preliminary investigation, kasughi died in the consulate due to physical conflict with others; 18 Saudi citizens were arrested. On October 20, Saudi attorney general Saud said that from the information provided by Turkey, it was concluded that kashuji died of “murder”. On November 15, Saudi prosecutors released a statement saying that they had arrested 18 people and three suspects. After the investigation of 21 people, Saudi prosecutors announced the prosecution of 11 suspects and proposed the death penalty for 5 of them who ordered and executed the killing of kashuji, and the case will be transferred to the court.
The murder of kasughi caused a worldwide uproar and seriously damaged the image of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia. The CIA and some Western governments have said they believe it was Prince Mohammed who ordered the murder of kasughi, but Saudi officials insist that the crown prince did not play a role in the incident.