Saudi court sentences five people to death for Khashoggi murder

In this Oct. 2, 2019 file photo, a Turkish police officer walks past a picture of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi prior to a ceremony, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, marking the one-year anniversary of his death. A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to death for the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October 2018 by a team of Saudi agents. Saudi Arabia’s state TV reported Monday, Dec. 23, 2019 that three others were sentenced to prison. All can appeal the verdicts. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced five people to death over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year.

Three others were sentenced in the secret trial to a combined 24 years in prison for covering up the crime and other offenses.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, went into the consulate seeking documents he needed to get married, as his fiancee waited for him outside.

A team of Saudi agents murdered him inside.

The agents included close aides to the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, who denied involvement but has faced broad international condemnation over the case.

State TV reported that the government cleared the crown prince’s top adviser, Saud al-Qahtani, whom the U.S. sanctioned over his alleged role.

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