In the Jamal khashoggi murder case, eight murderers were not sentenced to death. Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of Jamal khashoggi, protested against the decision of the Saudi Arabian court

Saudi Arabia has given 20-year sentences to five people charged with killing Jamal Khashoggi, as it issued final verdicts in the case.
Another individual received a 10-year sentence, and two others were also ordered to serve seven years.


A court in Saudi Arabia has commuted the death sentences handed to five individuals convicted within the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi, state media report.
Prosecutors said that they were awarded 20-year prison terms following the journalist’s family made a decision to pardon them.
However, his fiancée said the ruling made”a complete mockery of justice”.
Five of the people were spared from execution after Mr Khashoggi’s son, Salah Khashoggi, pardoned those involved in the killing in May – a transferred labelled as a”parody of justice” with a UN expert.
Khashoggi, 59, was murdered and dismembered in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, in a situation that tarnished the reputation of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
According to Turkish officials, Khashoggi, a critic of Prince Mohammed, was strangled and his body cut into pieces with a 15-man Saudi squad within the consulate. His remains haven’t been found.


Riyadh has described the murder as a”rogue” operation, but both the CIA and a UN special envoy have directly linked Prince Mohammed into the killing, a charge the kingdom vehemently denies. The independence of the courtroom was brought in to question.
Many Saudis hailed Monday’s judgment in comments on Twitter, a stage favoured by pro-government fans. Some said the verdict finished one of the toughest political cases the kingdom has confronted, while others said that it makes Saudi Arabia the”property of justice” and a”state where rights are never lost”.
Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, said in a statement that the convictions were a”full mockery of justice” and a”farce” that the international community won’t accept.


“The Saudi authorities are closing the case without the world knowing the fact of who is responsible for Jamal’s murder,” Cengiz wrote. “Who planned it, who ordered it, where is his body? These are the most basic and important questions which remain totally unanswered.”
In an announcement published on her Twitter account Monday, Cengiz also stated the most important questions surrounding Khashoggi’s murder remain unanswered. “The Saudi government are closing the case without the world knowing the truth of who’s responsible for Jamal’s murder,” Cengiz said. “Who planned it, who purchased it, where’s his body”
“The 5 strike guys are sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, however, the high-level officials who organized and embraced the execution of Jamal Khashoggi have walked free from the start — hardly touched by the analysis and trial,” she added.


Khalil Jahshan, by the Arab Center at Washington, DC, noted that the prosecutor’s office said the statement”closes the case forever”.
“Most importantly, where is the entire body of Jamal Khashoggi? With these sentences, I assume they have discovered what happened to his body,” Jahshan, a family friend, told Al Jazeera.
“The whole verdict seems for me to have been manipulated. In accordance with legal clinic in Saudi Arabia, the household has a right to commute any sentence, and the family has issued such a declaration – most probably under duress. I really don’t believe it was done freely, knowing the household .”


A demonstrator holds a poster with a photo of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi beyond the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018.
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Mr Khashoggi’s son pardoned those involved in his killing
The eight people convicted haven’t been identified.
The trial in Saudi capital Riyadh was criticised by rights groups and a different UN investigator, who said no senior officials, nor anyone suspected of ordering the killing, were found guilty. .
Khashoggi — a Washington Post columnist and royal insider-turned-critic — has been murdered and allegedly dismembered after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, having gone into the construction to collect documents for his forthcoming wedding.


He was living in exile in the United States for approximately a year, leaving Saudi Arabia just as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) was beginning to unleash a crackdown on Saudi human rights activists, critics and writers of the kingdom’s catastrophic war in Yemen.
In December 2019, Saudi authorities said they were exploring 11 people involved in the Khashoggi murder. Charges were dismissed against the most high-profile figures, including former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri and Saudi Consul-General in the Istanbul consulate Mohammed al-Otaibi.


There was”no evidence” Saud al-Qahtani — a former top advisor to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a member of the inner circle — the Saudi Prosecution stated in 2019.
Riyadh’s version of what happened on October 2 has shifted as new details emerged, but it has always claimed that neither bin Salman nor his father King Salman knew of the operation to goal Khashoggi.
US officials, however, have said such a mission — such as 15 men sent from the Kingdom — could not have been carried out without the authorization of bin Salman.

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