Saudi court issues final verdict in Jamal Khashoggi case

Riyadh, 7th September: A Saudi court has issued final verdicts on Monday in the case of the killing of the Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.

According to reports, today a Saudi court has announced its verdict in the case of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after his family announced pardons that spared five of the convicted individuals from execution.

The court ordered a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison for five. Another received a 10-year sentence, and two others were ordered to serve seven years in prison.

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Salah Khashoggi, the son of the slain journalist, said on a social networking site during the month of Ramadan that it is a holy month of forgiveness, so we forgive our father’s killers for the sake of Allah.

A Saudi court has sentenced two defendants to seven years in prison, one to 10 years in prison, and five to 20 years in prison under Article 210 of the Criminal Code.

According to reports from AP, Saudi Arabia’s state television aired few details about the final verdicts issued by the Riyadh Criminal Court against the eight Saudi nationals. However, their names were not made public.

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Khashoggi was killed in late 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Khashoggi had written critically of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns for the Washington Post.

He’d been living in exile in the United States for about a year as Prince Mohammed oversaw a crackdown in Saudi Arabia on human rights activists, writers, and critics of the kingdom’s devastating war in Yemen.

Among those captured in the killing are a forensic doctor, intelligence and security, officers, and individuals who worked for the crown prince’s office. The crown prince has denied any knowledge of the operation.

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