Five sentenced to death over Jamal Khashoggi's murder (photos)

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said on Monday five people had been sentenced to death over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October last year, but two top figures investigated over the killing have been exonerated.
Five sentenced to death over murder of Jamal Khashoggi Five sentenced to death over Jamal Khashoggi's murder
"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.
The killing of the US resident and Saudi writer last year shocked the world.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), was living in self-exile in the United States where had been granted political asylum.

Political pressures had forced him out of his home country and he had begun writing an opinion column for the Washington Post, commenting on its foreign policy and repression of speech, taking direct aim at MBS.

After being granted asylum, Khashoggi had begun to build a network between Washington, Istanbul, London and other world capitals.

He was planning to marry and resettle in Turkey with his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, which was the reason for his visit to the consulate.


He had walked into his country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, to collect documents that would allow him to wed Cengiz, who waited for him outside. He never walked out.

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