Five accused of murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have been sentenced to death

A Saudi court found at least 8 people guilty of the murder of journalist Jamal Hashoggi and sentenced them. Bloomberg writes about it.

Of the 11 defendants in the case, five have been found guilty and will be executed, while three more are sentenced to 24 years in prison each. This is reported today by the Riyadh prosecutor’s office.

It is noted that the investigation has not found sufficient evidence of the guilt of officials close to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman. He was one of the main objects of criticism of Hashogi, and therefore there were suspicions of his involvement in the massacre.

A total of 11 people were suspected of murder. Among them was Saud al-Qahtani, an influential adviser to the prince, who was dismissed after the incident and questioned, but no evidence was found against him. The court also acquitted a high-ranking intelligence official, Ahmed Alassiri, who had also lost his position after the assassination of Hashoggi.

The murder of Jamal Hashoggi.

Jamal Hashoggi, 59, a columnist for The Washington Post, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to arrange the documents necessary to marry a Turkish citizen.

On October 19, Saudi Arabia acknowledged the murder of the disappeared journalist. According to the Prosecutor General’s Office in Riyadh, there was a “fight” at the consulate that led to the journalist’s death. Earlier Turkish and American media reported that Hashoggi was killed by a special unit. Turkish General Prosecutor’s Office believes that the journalist was strangled and his body was dismembered and destroyed.