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Murder of Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia convicts eight people of murder


Jamal Khashoggi's murderers have overturned death sentences in Saudi Arabia: five men are now sentenced to 20 years in prison after the journalist's sons have "pardoned" them

  • Saudi Arabia has arrested eight defendants for murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi
  • Five people charged in the Khashoggi case have been detained for 20 years
  • One person sentenced to 10 years, two people to seven years imprisonment

Saudi Arabia has arrested eight defendants for murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi and sentenced them to between seven and 20 years in prison, overturning five previous death sentences.

Five people charged in the Khashoggi case have been detained for 20 years.

One person was sentenced to 10 years and two people were sentenced to seven years in prison, according to a report by Al Arabiya, citing the Saudi prosecutor's office.

Saudi Arabia has convicted eight people of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (picture) and sentenced them to prison terms of between seven and 20 years

The ruling overturns an earlier decision made in December last year when five people were sentenced to death for murder while three others were found guilty of covering up the crime and sentenced to a total of 24 years in prison.

Khashoggi's sons said in May that they had "pardoned" the murderers, granted the five death row prisoners legal reprieve and spared their execution.

Washington Post columnist Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

Prior to his assassination, Khashoggi had written critical of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns for the Washington Post.

He had lived in exile in the United States for about a year.

Among the convicts are a coroner, intelligence and security officers, and people who have worked for the Crown Prince's office.

The Crown Prince has denied any knowledge of the operation.

There's more to come.

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