One defendant was handed a sentence of 10 years and the 2 others face seven years in jail, SPA reported on Monday.
Agnes Callamard, the UN Particular Rapporteur for Extrajudicial Killings who lead an unbiased investigation into the homicide, referred to as the verdicts a “parody of justice” on Monday.
“The Saudi Prosecutor carried out yet one more act at this time on this parody of justice. However these verdicts carry no authorized or ethical legitimacy. They got here on the finish of a course of which was neither truthful, nor simply, or clear,” Callamard wrote on Twitter.
“The 5 hit males are sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, however the high-level officers who organized and embraced the execution of Jamal Khashoggi have walked free from the beginning — barely touched by the investigation and trial,” she added.
The fiancée of the late Jamal Khashoggi, Hatice Cengiz, referred to as the ruling a “mockery of justice” and a “farce.”
In a press release launched on her Twitter account Monday, Cengiz additionally stated a very powerful questions surrounding Khashoggi’s homicide stay unanswered. “The Saudi authorities are closing the case with out the world understanding the reality of who’s accountable for Jamal’s homicide,” Cengiz stated. “Who deliberate it, who ordered it, the place is his physique?”
Khashoggi — a Washington Submit columnist and royal insider-turned-critic — was killed and allegedly dismembered after getting into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, having gone into the constructing to gather paperwork for his upcoming wedding ceremony.
Moreover, there was “no proof” Saud al-Qahtani — a former high adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a member of his inside circle — the Saudi Prosecution stated in 2019.
Riyadh’s model of what occurred on October 2 has repeatedly shifted as new particulars emerged, nevertheless it has all the time maintained that neither bin Salman nor his father King Salman knew of the operation to focus on Khashoggi.
US officers, nevertheless, have stated such a mission — together with 15 males despatched from the Kingdom — couldn’t have been carried out with out the authorization of bin Salman.
CNN’s Sarah El Sirgany and Lauren Stated-Moorhouse contributed to this report.