Attorney general wants death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi Arabia's attorney general sought the death penalty for five of 11 defendants charged with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as their high-profile trial opened in Riyadh on Thursday.
All 11 accused were present with their lawyers at the opening hearing in the capital, according to a statement by the attorney general carried by the official Saudi Press Agency.
The attorney general said Saudi Arabia had twice submitted formal requests for evidence from Turkey -- where Khashoggi was murdered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate -- but had received no response.
The names of the 11 defendants have not been officially released.
The defence team on Thursday requested a copy of the indictment sheet and a timeframe within which to review the charges.
The prosecutor agreed to both requests, SPA said. No date has been set for the next hearing.
Khashoggi was murdered on October 2 in what Riyadh called a "rogue" operation.
Ankara has sought the extradition of the suspects in Saudi custody to stand trial in Turkey but its requests have been repeatedly rebuffed by Riyadh.
In November the Saudi attorney general ruled out any involvement by the kingdom's de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.