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Death for five in Khashoggi case

RIYADH, Dec 23, (AP): Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death on Monday for the killing of Washington Post columnist and royal family critic Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year by a team of Saudi agents.

The killing of Khashoggi stunned the international community and also many Saudi citizens, who were deeply shocked that a Saudi national could be killed by 15 government agents inside one of the Kingdom’s consulates. Another three people were sentenced to prison for a combined 24 years, according to a statement read by the attorney general’s office on Saudi state TV. No individual breakdown for the sentencing was given.

In total, 11 people were on trial in Saudi Arabia for the killing, but the government has not made their names public. All can appeal the preliminary verdicts that a Saudi national could be killed by 15 government agents inside one of the Kingdom’s consulates. Another three people were sentenced to prison for a combined 24 years, according to a statement read by the attorney general’s office on Saudi state TV.

No individual breakdown for the sentencing was given. In total, 11 people were on trial in Saudi Arabia for the killing, but the government has not made their names public. All can appeal the preliminary verdicts.

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