Five sentenced to death over Khashoggi murder

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Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said on Monday that five people had been sentenced to death over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October last year while two top figures investigated over the killing have been exonerated, Al Jazeera reported.

"The court issued death sentences on five men who directly took part in the killing," the prosecutor, Shalaan al-Shalaan, said in a statement.

Saudi prosecutors had said deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri oversaw the Washington Post columnist's killing in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in October 2018 and that he was advised by the royal court's media czar Saud al-Qahtani.

However, al-Qahtani was investigated but not indicted "due to insufficient evidence" and al-Assiri was investigated and charged but eventually acquitted on the same grounds, the statement said.

The court also ruled that the Saudi consul-general in Istanbul at the time, Mohammed al-Otaibi, was not guilty. He was released from prison after the verdicts were announced, according to state TV.

After holding nine sessions, the trial concluded that there was no previous intent by those found guilty to murder, according to state TV.

Of the 11 unnamed individuals indicted in the case, five were sentenced to death, while three face jail terms totalling 24 years, and the others were acquitted. All can appeal the verdicts.

The trials of the accused were carried out in near-total secrecy, though a handful of diplomats, including from Turkey, as well as members of Khashoggi's family, were allowed to attend the sessions.

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  • Hussain Monday, 23 December 2019 05:36 PM

    Another banana republic

    DHA Monday, 23 December 2019 06:05 PM

    Agree !

    yama joker Monday, 23 December 2019 06:46 PM

    Yes friends of yahapalana jokers who installed them in '15. Results are obvious now

    MK Monday, 23 December 2019 06:00 PM

    Please bring the lawyers from SAUDI ARABIA OR PAKISTAN. Otherwise send our lawyers and judges to that countries for lawyers education.

    Yehiya Monday, 23 December 2019 06:15 PM

    MBS is safe. All witness are killed.

    jehan Monday, 23 December 2019 06:24 PM

    The law after mbs came has been made to suit him.

    ANTON Monday, 23 December 2019 06:35 PM

    BUT THE PRINCE?

    Modaya Monday, 23 December 2019 06:58 PM

    Only the podi malu got the dead sentences all mora fellows escaped

    D perera Monday, 23 December 2019 07:59 PM

    Saudi king Mohamad Salman gave orders for the killing. What has happend, no punishment for him? He must be got the immunity.

    Shehan Monday, 23 December 2019 08:09 PM

    SAUDI ARABIA SYSTEM EQUALS TO SL. GREAT HEARING AND EXECUTIONS HAHAHA

    Bhatiya Siriwardena Monday, 23 December 2019 08:51 PM

    I think the real culprit were acquitted and their foolish henchmen sentenced

    ram Monday, 23 December 2019 10:12 PM

    at the same time, those who killed Lasantha are unpunished and might be in high positions.

    ram Monday, 23 December 2019 10:16 PM

    like those who gave orders to shell hospitals and civilian target during the war, who gave orders to kill the journalist should be punished

    navaratne willamune Tuesday, 24 December 2019 07:41 AM

    they will behead some minor criminals big ones got pardoned

    Ravi Tuesday, 24 December 2019 12:10 PM

    WHITE WASH !!! THEY ALL WILL APPEAL


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