RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s criminal court on Monday ordered the imprisonment of eight people — between seven and 20 years — involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Gazette reported.
Five defendants were sentenced to 20-year jail terms each, two were slapped with seven years of imprisonment, and one was awarded 10 years of imprisonment, the publication said citing a public prosecutor.
The deceased journalist’s sons had forgiven the killers, giving way for the five killers’ death sentences to be overturned and converted into imprisonment.
Khashoggi, a 59-year-old critic of the crown prince, was strangled and his body cut into pieces by a 15-man Saudi squad inside the consulate, according to Turkish officials.
Saudi Arabia has described the murder as a ‘rogue’ operation, but both the CIA and a UN special envoy have directly linked Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud to the killing, a charge the kingdom vehemently denies, The Guardian said.