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Saudi Arabia sentenced eight defendants in Khashoggi murder case

Five people were sentenced to imprisonment for 20 years, the other three – from 7 to 10 years

On Monday, a Saudi Arabia court sentenced eight people to prison for the 2018 murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Riyadh consulate in Istanbul..

Five people were sentenced to 20 years in prison and the remaining three were sentenced to seven to ten years, according to state media reports..

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States, went to the consulate to obtain the necessary documents for marriage with his Turkish bride, and was killed on the territory of the diplomatic mission, which caused violent outrage around the world.

Journalist openly criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The names of the defendants in the case were not disclosed.

Turkey is also under trial in the murder of Khashoggi, involving twenty people, but Riyadh has rejected multiple requests for extradition of the defendants..

At an earlier stage of the trial, Saudi Arabia sentenced five of the accused to death, but the Khashoggi family said they had forgiven his killers, which allowed the death sentence to be overturned..

Many, including Khashoggi’s fiancée, denounced the slow pace and closed nature of the trial..

The US Central Intelligence Agency concluded with "medium to high confidence" that the murder was ordered by Prince Mohammed.Saudi Arabia sentenced eight defendants in Khashoggi's murder case The crown prince denies his involvement.

The remains of Khashoggi were never found.Saudi Arabia sentenced eight defendants in Khashoggi murder case Prosecutors in Turkey and Saudi Arabia claim Saudi agents dismembered his body after the murder.

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