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Saudi Arabia, Dec 23 (Canadian-Media): Five people have been sentenced to death by Saudi Arabia for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but the two most senior officials implicated in the case, including an adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, were cleared of wrongdoing, media reports said.
Jamal Khashoggi. Image credit: Facebook page
Washington Post columnist, Khashoggi's murder soon after he entered at the Saudi consulate to obtain documents that would allow him to remarry, drew international condemnation.
His body was dismembered and his remains have not been found.
The sentence was announced after more than one year long trial was held in secrecy, with sessions closed to the general public. Human rights groups warned that the lack of transparency made the proceedings unfair, and increased the likelihood that senior officials could escape justice.
Amnesty International called Monday's verdict as "a whitewash" and accused Saudi officials of failing the slain journalist and his family.
"This verdict ... brings neither justice nor the truth for Jamal Khashoggi and his loved ones. The trial has been closed to the public and to independent monitors, with no information available as to how the investigation was carried out," Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International's Middle East Research Director, said in a statement.