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Saudi Arabia sentences five to death for Khashoggi’s murder

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced on Monday five people to death and jailed three others over the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, the Saudi Press Agency ‘SPA’ reported.

The Saudi Public Prosecution stated that the case included (31) individuals, of whom (21) individuals have been arrested, and (10) individuals have been called in for questioning without arrest as there was no basis for their detention.

The investigation results revealed the indictment of (11) individuals in this case and the filing of criminal charges against these individuals in the Criminal Court of Riyadh.

The Criminal Court of Riyadh issued its decision regarding the (11) individuals who were indicted and charged as follows:

1- Capital punishment for (5) individuals for committing and directly participating in the murder of the victim.

2- Different sentences amounting to a total of (24) years in prison for (3) individuals for their role in covering up this crime and violating the law.

3- The Court dismissed the Public Prosecutor’s charges against (3) individuals and found them to be not guilty.

Third, the Public Prosecution did not file charges against (10) individuals and released them due to insufficient evidence.

The Public Prosecution stated that it will review the Court’s decision and decide whether it will file an appeal at the Appellate Court.