Jamal Khashoggi killers have death sentences overturned in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has jailed eight defendants over the killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and has handed them jail sentences between seven and 20 years, overturning five earlier death sentences.

Five people charged in the Khashoggi case have been sentenced to jail terms from 7 to 20 years.

One person was sentenced to 10 years and two people were handed seven-year sentences, according to a report by Al Arabiya, citing the Saudi Public Prosecution.

The decision overturns a previous ruling in December last year, when five people were sentenced to death for the killing while three others were found guilty of covering up the crime and were sentenced to a combined 24 years in prison.

Khashoggi’s sons said in May that they had ‘pardoned’ the killers, giving a legal reprieve to the five who were sentenced to death and sparing their execution.

Washington Post columnist Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

Prior to his killing, Khashoggi had written critically of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in columns for the Washington Post.

He’d been living in exile in the United States for about a year.

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