Jamal Khashoggi Murder: Death Sentence to 5, 24-year imprisonment to 3

For the heinous murder of Washington Post columnist and Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi court has announced death sentence to 5 culprits and 24 years of imprisonment to 3 of them. Three people, who are said to be close aides of Saudi Prince Salman, were released free.

Crux of the Matter
  • For the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at Instanbul consulate, the Saudi court’s verdict has sentenced 5 perpetrators to death. Defenders have the right to appeal against the preliminary verdict.
  • The Saudi prosecutor said that the murder of Khashoggi was not pre-planned, rather a spurious decision. The final verdict of the Saudi Court contends the final reports of the CIA and other international investigation agencies.
  • Internationally active human-rights groups and activists have questioned the transparency of the hearings.
  • “When Saudis sentence five to death for Khashoggi’s murder, we fear that it is a way to silence them forever and to conceal the truth…,” tweeted the Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders.
  • Murder of Khashoggi has once again ignited tension for Saudi Arabia’s foreign diplomacy and its vision to grow Saudi without the support of oil.

The assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident, journalist for The Washington Post, and former general manager and editor-in-chief of the Al-Arab News Channel, occurred on 2 October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and was perpetrated by agents of the Saudi Arabian government. The exact cause of his death is unknown since his body has not been located or examined. Government officials of several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, believe Khashoggi was murdered. Turkey in particular believes it was premeditated murder, and anonymous Saudi officials have admitted that agents affiliated with the Saudi government killed him. More Info