Saudi Arabia Overturns Death Sentences Handed Down To The Five Killers Of Washington Post Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi
Saudi Arabia has caused a stir internationally as it has announced that it has overturned the death sentences of the five people involved in the killing of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
Khashoggi, while alive was highly critical of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns for the Washington Post, was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018 had been living in exile in the US.
The Kingdom claims this reversal became possible because the children of the late journalist had forgiven the killers and has now instead of a date with the noose has handed them sentences between seven and 20 years, overturning the five earlier death sentences.
Turkish officials allege Mr Khashoggi was killed and then dismembered with a bone saw by the 15-man Saudi hit squad. His remains till this day have not been found.
Khashoggi's sons said in May this year that they had 'pardoned' the killers, weeks after five men were sentenced to death for Khashoggi's killing as Saudi Arabia said it will not allow Turkey or any other country conduct the trial and investigation of its own citizens.
In Saudi Arabia, which follows Islamic law, forgiveness from a victim's family can allow for a formal pardon and a stay of execution and the new court verdicts against the killers were handed down by Riyadh Criminal Court on Monday but their names were not made public.
However, Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, slammed the ruling as one more act today in a parody of justice.
"These verdicts carry no legal or moral legitimacy, and came at the end of a process which was neither fair, nor just, or transparent."
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