Jamal Khashoggi: Saudis sentence five to death for journalist’s murder

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A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death and jailed three others over the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year.

Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was killed inside the kingdom’s consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul by a team of Saudi agents. The Saudi authorities said it was the result of a “rogue operation” and put 11 unnamed individuals on trial. A UN expert has concluded that it was an “extrajudicial execution”.

Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard said in June that there was credible evidence warranting further investigation that high-level Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were individually liable for Khashoggi’s death.

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