Dongfang.com Vertical News Journalist Shan Shan
On December 23, local time, the Saudi procuratorial organs held a press conference to announce the results of the trial of Khashoggi ’s killing.
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Five of the persons involved were sentenced to death for direct involvement in the murder, three others were sentenced to 24 years in prison for the case, and three were acquitted.
The case of Khashoggi's murder began in January this year. After nine trials, the final trial result will be executed after the Saudi Supreme Court has reviewed it. Saudi prosecutors said it was the consequence of a "rogue operation".
Saudi journalist Kashuji was a columnist for The Washington Post and is known for being critical of the Saudi royal family. On October 2, 2018, he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, at the time as proof of marriage registration.
Later investigations by the Turkish side and recordings released by the media revealed that Kashuji was murdered and killed by a 15-person assassination team sent from Riyadh. He was treated "inhuman" before his death: the assassination team dismembered his body consulate.
The bloodshed caused an uproar internationally. Saudi Arabia initially denied that Kashuji was killed, and US intelligence agencies accused Saudi Crown Prince Salman of being directly involved in the murder.
Shortly after the incident, Turkish media revealed photos of Salman's cronies entering the Consulate of Istanbul before the murder. Turkish President Erdogan said that the killer of Kashuji involved the highest level of the Saudi government.
In January of this year, the trial of the Kashuji case in Saudi Arabia began in Riyadh. Turkey has sought to extradite Saudi suspects to Turkey for trial, but the Saudis have repeatedly rejected the request.
After a six-month investigation, in June this year, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, Karamad, released an investigation report on the killing of Saudi journalist Kashuji. The investigation referred to the case as "national homicide" and directed its attention at the core of the kingdom's rule, Saudi Crown Prince Salman.
In fact, in November 2018, the CIA had concluded that Crown Prince Salman ordered the killing of Kashuji. US media reports pointed out that CIA officials are very confident of this conclusion.
Despite the cloud of doubt, the Saudi government has always claimed that the Crown Prince was not involved in the assassination. In September of this year, on the eve of the death of Kashuji a week ago, Salman publicly stated that he had not ordered the killing of Kashuji, but he should be "fully responsible" for it.
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
"This is a heinous crime." Salman said. But he also said that as the leader of Saudi Arabia, he should be "fully responsible" for the matter. "This is a mistake. In the future, I must take all measures to prevent similar incidents from happening again." The crown prince explained that 3 million people work for the Saudi government, which makes it difficult for him to understand what the people below are doing.
However, as time goes by, fewer and fewer people are still searching for and waiting for the truth.