Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Three others have been punished to prison terms.
Khashoggi (59) was murdered in October last year at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a special Saudi command team who had previously come from Riyadh. Khashoggi was there to get papers for his marriage.
Among other things, the journalist regularly wrote critical columns about Saudi Arabia for The Washington Post. He was met, killed and cut to pieces.
Following international pressure, the Saudi leadership admitted the crime.
The crown prince allegedly commissioned the murder, but Saudi Arabia denies that Bin Salman was involved.
No evidence was found against people from circles around the Saudi crown prince Mohamed Bin Salman, the prosecutor in Saudi Arabia has announced.
An essential advisor to the royal family, Saud al-Qahtani, is one of the people who was acquitted. He was previously seen as the main suspect. A total of eleven people were charged. Eight people have been sentenced.