A Saudi prosecutor has asked for the death penalty for five of 11 suspects held over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the country's consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, the state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.
"The Public Prosecutor demanded imposing proper punishments against the defendants and is seeking capital punishment for five of the defendants for their direct involvement in the murder", a statement from prosecutors said, without elaborating.
"The Saudi Public Prosecutor submitted formal requests to Turkish authorities to officially share evidence and information related to this case, including any recordings in the possession of Turkish authorities".
Saudi King Salman sacked Saud al-Qahtani, a former top aide to Prince Mohammed, Istanbul Consul General Mohammed Alotaibi and former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Asiri in connection with Khashoggi's murder.
In an interview published on October 5, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman maintains Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after entering.
Unlike the brutal war in Yemen, which has claimed thousands of lives, the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi drew widespread ire from the West.
A date for the second hearing has not yet been scheduled.
They alleged Khashoggi was tied up and injected with an overdose of a sedative that killed him.
On December 10, Turkey called for an worldwide investigation into the case of slain Saudi dissident journalist, after Riyadh refused to extradite two senior Saudi officials suspected of planning his murder.
The United Nations and human rights groups have called for an independent investigation into Khashoggi's killing.
The U.S. streaming giant had to remove it after the Saudi government made a legal request, alleging the content violated anti-cybercrime rules.
Netflix, in a statement Wednesday, said the episode was removed from the kingdom as a result of a legal request from authorities and not due to its content.
"There is enormous skepticism as to whether anything will be done and this is Saudi Arabia's opportunity to prove people wrong", he added. The reports suggest that the bags contained Khashoggi's body parts. He said the Saudis won't execute those charged with Khashoggi's murder "because it is clear that they were following orders from higher ups". In November, the prosecutor's office said it had 21 suspects in custody.
But in November the Saudi attorney general ruled out any involvement by the young crown prince, whose reformist credentials overseas have been seriously tarnished by the murder.