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Death penalty sought in Saudi slaying of journalist; US sanctions 17 Saudis

AMMAN, Jordan - Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said Thursday that he is seeking the death penalty for five people suspected of taking part in the grisly slaying of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in early October.

The unnamed suspects, part of a 15-man Saudi team sent to Turkey with orders to intercept the journalist, have been charged with "ordering and committing the crime," in which the journalist is believed to have been killed and dismembered inside the consulate building.

As in previous versions presented by the Saudi government, the narrative Thursday appeared designed to shield the kingdom's crown prince and de facto ruler Mohammed

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