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DUBAI: A Saudi court Final verdicts were issued on Monday in the case of Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic killed Jamal Khashoggi After his son, who still lives in the state, announced a pardon to those who had sentenced the five convicted to death.
While the test concluded Saudi ArabThe case continues to cast a shadow on the Crown Prince’s reputation and international reputation Mohammad bin salman, Whose allies have been approved by the US and Britain for their alleged involvement in the brutal killing that took place inside the consulate in Saudi Istanbul.
The final verdict of the Riyadh Criminal Court was announced by Saudi Arabia’s state television, which broadcast some details about the eight Saudi citizens and did not name them. The court ordered a maximum sentence of 20 years in jail for the five. Another man received a 10-year sentence, and two others were ordered to serve seven years in prison.
On October 2, 2018, a team of 15 Saudi agents flew into Turkey to meet Khashogi inside the consulate for his appointment to allow him to marry his Turkish fiance, who was waiting outside . The team consisted of a forensic doctor, intelligence and security officer, and those who worked directly for the prince’s office, according to Agnes Callamard, Who investigated the assassination for the United Nations.
Turkish authorities allege Khashogi was killed and then dismembered with a bone inside the consulate. His body has not been found. Turkey clearly had the Saudi Consulate and the C.I.A. The audio of the murder was shared with
Western intelligence agencies, as well as the US Congress, have stated that the crown prince takes the ultimate responsibility for the assassination and this magnitude could not have been conducted without his knowledge.
A total of 11 people were tried in December after the Saudi verdict, ordering five people to be sentenced to death and three others to lengthy prison sentences to cover the crime.
However, the Saudi trial concluded that the killing was not pre-planned. This paved the way for one of the Slat writer’s sons, Salah Khashogi, to later declare for months that the family had forgiven their Saudi killers, which essentially allowed them to be excused from execution according to Islamic law gives.
Salah Khashogi lives in Saudi Arabia and has received financial compensation from the royal court for the murder of his father.
The trial has been widely criticized by rights groups and observers, who note that none of the superiors nor anyone suspected of ordering the murder have been found. The independence of the Riyadh Criminal Court has also been questioned.
Before his assassination, Khashogi wrote critically in a column for Prince Mohammed. Washington Post At a time when the young heir to the throne was widely welcomed by Washington for pushing through social reforms.
Khashogi’s columns criticized the parallel rift over the prince’s eye on dissent. Women rights activists are among dozens of alleged critics in jail and are facing national security charges.
Khashogi had been living in exile in the United States for almost a year, leaving Saudi Arabia as Prince Mohammed began to attack Saudi human rights activists, writers, and critics of the state’s disastrous war in Yemen.
A small number of diplomats from Turkey, as well as members of Khashogi’s family, were allowed to attend nine court sessions of the initial trial. Independent media was forbidden.
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