UN expert dismisses Saudi verdict in Khashoggi case

Saudi verdict in Khashoggi case without 'legal, moral legitimacy': UN expert
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07 September, 2020
"The Saudi Prosecutor performed one more act today in this parody of justice," Agnes Callamard said.
MBS "has remained well protected against any kind of meaningful scrutiny," the UN expert said.[Getty]
A UN expert on Monday dismissed a Saudi court ruling in the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, decrying especially that top officials who allegedly ordered his killing had walked free.

"The Saudi Prosecutor performed one more act today in this parody of justice. But these verdicts carry no legal or moral legitimacy," UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard said in a tweet.

She denounced the fact that "the high-level officials who organised and embraced the execution ... have walked free from the start", and that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salman "has remained well protected against any kind of meaningful scrutiny in his country".

The Saudi court overturned five death sentences over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder in a final ruling that jailed eight defendants to between seven and 20 years, state media reported.

"Five of the convicts were given 20 years in prison and another three were jailed for 7-10 years," the official Saudi Press Agency said, citing a spokesman for the public prosecutor.

None of the defendants were named in what was described as the final court ruling on the killing which had sparked an international outcry.

The verdict came after Khashoggi's sons said in May they had "pardoned" the killers, a move condemned as a "parody of justice" by a UN expert.

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