Five sentenced to death in Jamal Khashojji murder case

Jamal Khashojji murder case
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A Saudi court has sentenced five people to be sentenced to death in the journalist Jamal Khashojji murder case

On Monday, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor Shalan al-Shalan has said that five people who were directly involved in the murder have been sentenced to death in this case. Along with this, three people have been given a total of 24 years in jail.

He said that Saud al-Khatani, advisor to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was questioned in this case but he has not been charged in any way.

He was last seen outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on 2 October 2018. Turkey accused Saudi Arabia that Jamal Khashojji was murdered at the embassy. But his corpse was not found.

Turkey alleged that Khashojji was murdered at the behest of Saudi top officials. However, Saudi Arabia continues to deny this.

Internationally, this murder was severely criticized

The US intelligence agency CIA and the governments of Western countries had said that it was the Saudi Crown Prince who ordered the assassination of Khashojji. But Saudi officials continued to deny that he had any role in it.

In this case, Turkey had asked to extradite 18 suspects from Saudi Arabia. 15 of them were agents who arrived in Turkey from Saudi to carry out the murder. However, Saudi Arabia rejected this demand from Turkey.

In January this year, the trial of the 11 accused in Riyadh in the murder of Khashojji started.

In September, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman publicly claimed responsibility for the murder of Jamal Khashojji and said that the murder had been carried out while he was there, which is why he took responsibility for the murder.