Five Sentenced to Death in Connection to Murder of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Two Top Figures Were Acquitted of All Charges

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A Saudi court has sentenced five people to death in connection with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October 2018.

According to a statement released by Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor, two top figures investigated over the killing have been exonerated. The two are the royal court’s media czar Saud al-Qahtani who was acquitted “due to insufficient evidence” and the deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri.

The court found Mohammed al-Otaibi, who was the Saudi consul-general in Istanbul at the time, not guilty and ordered for his release from prison.

Five of the eleven unnamed individuals were found guilty and were sentenced to death. Three others were sentenced to 24 years in jail.

According to the state TV, the nine-session trial that was carried out in near-total secrecy concluded that there was no previous intent by those found guilty to murder.