US praised Saudi court verdict in columnist Khashoggi murder

The US has welcomed the decision by a Saudi Arabian court in the journalist Jamal Khashoggi murder case. The US State Department applauded Saudi Arabia for initiating a fair and transparent judicial process in the case, saying that this decision is an important step to bring those responsible for the heinous crime to justice.

It is noteworthy that five people have been sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court in the journalist Jamal Khashogi murder case, while three people have been sentenced to 24 years of imprisonment. Khashogi, a Saudi citizen, lived mostly in the United States, and the newspaper there used to write related columns on the activities of the Arab world in the Washington Post. He was considered a bitter critic of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman.

Khashogi was assassinated at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018, when he went to deliver documents related to his visa. A case was registered on the complaint of his wife present outside the embassy and the investigation proceeded. Khashogi is believed to have been killed on the instructions of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. The murder of journalist Khashoggi caused a worldwide reaction. Friends of Saudi Arabia asked for a fair investigation on this.

The Deputy Public Prosecutor said that the court sentenced five people directly involved in the murder to death. But their names have not been made public. The crime was said to have been carried out at the consulate in Istanbul under the supervision of Ahmad al-Assiri, the deputy intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed was asked for this task by Saud al-Qahtani, the media head of the royal court. But there were not enough proof agencies to prove the role of both in the investigation. Therefore, he has been acquitted. 11 people were charged in the case. Of these, five people have been given death sentence while three others have been given a total of 24 years of imprisonment. The remaining three people have been acquitted. The Deputy Public Prosecutor said that the court heard the case in nine sessions. Representatives of the international community and relatives of Khashogi were also present during the hearing. The investigation found that Khashogi’s murder was not pre-planned.

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