A Saudi judge has imposed lower sentences for the murder of the critical journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The death sentence of five convicts has been commuted to twenty years in prison.
According to the prosecutor, the sentences have been reduced because Khashoggi’s relatives have forgiven the perpetrators. Three others have to go to jail for seven to ten years. Among those convicted are people who worked for the office of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Their names have not been revealed.
Jamal Khashoggi was killed in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Turkish Istanbul. He went to the building to arrange something for his upcoming wedding, but was murdered. His body was cut to pieces, smuggled out and never found.
Involvement of Crown Prince
Khashoggi was a columnist for The Washington Post. His critical columns included the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Part of the international community thinks that the crown prince has to do with Khashoggi’s death. The American CIA thinks that Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the murder.
The Crown Prince rebuked last year that he was behind it. He did take responsibility for the murder, because it was committed by people working for the Saudi government.
The Crown Prince spoke of a “heinous crime” in an interview:
Earlier, Khashoggi’s fiancée, his employer, human rights organizations and a United Nations investigator criticized the trial. They find it incomprehensible because those responsible for the murder have hardly been investigated and they doubt the independence of the court.
Today’s verdict is final.