Saudi Arabia announced Thursday that 11 suspects have been indicted, with prosecutors requesting the death penalty against five of them in the killing of columnist Jamal Khashoggi last month in Istanbul.
Prosecutors said the highest-level official incriminated in connection with the killing is former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri, who was sacked as pressure from Turkey and the world mounted on Saudi Arabia.
Saudi officials initially insisted Khashoggi had left the consulate, then said he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".
A total of 11 people were charged, the Saudi Public Prosecutor's office said, adding that the five people facing capital punishment were directly involved in "ordering and executing the crime".
Khashoggi, 59, a prominent critic of Saudi policy, was killed after a struggle by a lethal injection dose, and his body was dismembered and removed from the building, al-Shaalan said.
Previously, Saudi officials have suggested Khashoggi might have died in a fight at the consulate.
However, it appears al-Mojeb has stopped short of accusing al-Assiri of ordering the killing itself - further distancing the killers from the crown prince's inner circle.
The whereabouts of Khashoggi's body remain unknown, he said.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who runs the day-to-day affairs of the world's top oil exporter, had no knowledge of the mission, he added.
Turkish officials claim the Saudis hid the remains in a well near the embassy.
He added that it was "the head of the negotiating team" dispatched to seize Khashoggi who then gave the order to kill him.
Al-Mojeb also said 21 suspects are now in custody - representing a remarkable turnabout from the country's initial denials of any involvement.
The agents killed Khashoggi after "negotiations" for the journalist's return to the kingdom failed, Shaalan said.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday that the Saudi actions were "positive but insufficient". "The prosecution is still waiting for Turkey to hand over what was asked of them", he said.
Khashoggi went into self-imposed exile in the United States past year after falling out with Prince Mohammed.
Turkey has blamed the highest ranks of power in Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's brutal death, saying the kingdom sent an assassination squad for him.
Turkey says it has a recording related to the killing which it has shared with Western allies.