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Khashoggi Murder Charges

Saudi Arabia has issued what it is calling “Final Verdicts” for eight suspects in the Murder of Washington Post Columnist and Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The state-run Saudi press agency cited a public prosecutor spokesman. Khashoggi was murdered in October 2018 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Five of the eight defendants have been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment each. Of the remaining three, one was handed a sentence of 10 years and the other two each face seven years in prison.

Monday’s verdicts come after the victim’s family “pardoned” five of the suspects in May. This spared them the death penalty, as CNN previously reported. The U.N. Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial Killings who led an independent investigation into the murder called the verdicts a “Parody of Justice.” Agnes Callamard also criticized the fact that no high-level Officials have been investigated or tried.

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