Khashoggi family describes final verdicts in murder case as ‘fair ruling’

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The family of the late Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi described the final verdicts against eight people involved in the murder case as “fair rulings” as they “represent a deterrent to every criminal and offender, whoever they are.”

“The crimes committed by those convicted are major crimes and the sentences include various prison sentences are just rulings that are accepted by the court that governs the law of God and public order,” Mutassim Khashoggi, the lawyer for the family of the Saudi journalist, told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

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“It is considered a deterrent for every offender, whoever they are. As a family, we have accepted from the beginning the application of Allah's law and his judgment. There is no court or agency in the world today that applies the law and ruling of God like the courts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the lawyer added.

Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution issued its final verdicts on Monday against eight people for their involvement in the murder of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Five people were sentenced to 20 years in prison for their involvement in the murder, the prosecution said, while three other defendants were given a prison sentence of seven to ten years.

Khashoggi – a well-known Saudi Arabian journalist – was murdered on October 2, 2018 at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul. He had been visiting the consulate to complete paperwork related to his divorce.

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