Saudi Arabia’s prosecution has sentenced eight men to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi in final verdict, state television channel reports Al-Ekhbariya Monday. Five men were sentenced to 20 years in prison, three others were sentenced to between 7 and 10 years.
Khashoggi did not feel safe after criticizing the Crown Prince
The five men were initially sentenced to death in December 2019. Khashoggi’s relatives, however, pardoned the convicts, commuting the death penalty into 20 years in prison.
The Saudi trial was previously described by the United Nations as a “charade” because the trial would not focus on the high-ranking individuals who ordered the murder.
The killers presumably acted on behalf of the Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who has always denied this to date. The Saudi royal family claims the killers acted on their own.
According to Turkey, which was also investigating Khashoggi’s death, a senior adviser to Bin Salman, Saud Al Qahtani, and former deputy director of the Saudi intelligence apparatus Ahmed Al Asiri are instigators of the journalist’s murder. The country indicted a total of 20 men for involvement in Khashoggi’s death in March.
Khashoggi was murdered in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul. He was there because he wanted to arrange paperwork in order to be able to deal with his Turkish fiancé by the way.
The journalist lived in exile in the United States because he no longer felt safe in Saudi Arabia after criticizing the crown prince. Khashoggi prescribed, among other things The Washington Post.
Khashoggi’s body was cut to pieces and smuggled out of the property. His remains have never been found.