Saudi Arabia has sentenced eight people to life imprisonment for the murder of Saudi investigative journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He has been sentenced in different words. Saudi prosecution called it a final verdict. Qatar-based Al Jazeera quoted a statement released by the Saudi press agency on Monday (6 September).
In October 2016, after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Disiplin journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing. Turkish fiance Hetis Genghis accompanied Khashogi on the day of his disappearance. Khashogi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to bring the necessary documents for the wedding. Saudi authorities have admitted killing him following a worldwide attack following his disappearance. He claimed that the journalist was killed during interrogation. However, no trace of his body was found. Saudi Arabia announced the killing of five officers in December last year, but did not name them. However, Turkey is investigating and prosecuting separate killings.
The Saudi press agency said in a statement on Monday that five people were sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing Khashogi. In addition, three others have been sentenced to seven to ten years in prison.
Last May, Khashogi’s children said they had forgiven their father’s killers. This means that none of the killers will be put to death. Five of those sentenced on Monday were sentenced to death earlier.