King: Those who mislead youth deserve severe punishment

Updated 26 April 2013
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King: Those who mislead youth deserve severe punishment

There is a need for a more severe form of punishment for those who mislead young people, said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
King Abdullah made the statement while hosting Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, president of the Council of Senior Ulema, and other scholars accompanying the sheikh at his palace in Riyadh yesterday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, was also present during the meeting.
The king said the overall global scenario is marred by killings and violence.
“We are among the best in terms of stability and security,” he said. “However, I have heard that certain perpetrators lure youth, women and children to carry out wrongdoing against their nation and people,” he said. “I think they deserve severe punishment.”


Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

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Saudi public prosecution announces results of investigation into Khashoggi killing

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Thursday he was seeking the death penalty for five out of 11 suspects charged in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed in the country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 after a struggle by a lethal injection dose and his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, he told reporters in Riyadh.

The Prosecutor said Khashoggi’s body parts were then handed over to a local Turkish agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said, adding that the drawing of the agent has been prepared and will be handed over to the Turkish authorities.

He said that the head of Khashoggi’s repatriation team was the one who ordered the killing of the victim, adding that the investigations into the whereabouts of the victim’s body are still ongoing.

He noted that the mission of the team was to persuade Khashoggi to return to the kingdom.

The prosecutor said a former adviser had been due to meet the team that was ordered to repatriate journalist Khashoggi, who was killed after efforts to negotiate his return failed.

He added that the ex-advisor had been banned from travelling and remained under investigation, and that the case has been transferred to court while investigations continue.