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Saudi court sentences 5 to death in Khashoggi murder

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RIYADH: A Saudi court has sentenced five people to death for taking part in the murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reported Anadolu Agency, citing the kingdom’s public prosecutor Monday.

Speaking at a press conference, Saud bin Abdullah Al-Muajab said former royal adviser Saud al-Qahtani and the former consul in Istanbul Mohammed al-Oteibi were not charged in the killing.

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post daily and US resident, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct 2, 2018. His body was never recovered.

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UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard concluded in a report it was a “deliberate, premeditated execution” and encouraged Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman be investigated.

Saudi officials blamed rogue agents for the murder, but insisted the Saudi prince was not involved.

— BERNAMA