Saudi Court Overturns Five Death Sentences in Khashoggi Murder

A Saudi court has overturned five death sentences handed down in trial over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The final ruling jailed five defendants for twenty years, and three others for another seven to ten years. Khashoggi’s sons “pardoned” the killers in May, sparing the lives of the five people sentenced to death. One U.N. expert characterized the pardons as a “parody of justice.” Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018, by a 15-man squad. Although both the CIA and a UN special envoy have directly linked the murder to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman, Saudi Arabia says the murder was a “rogue: operation. Reported by The Guardian. Read more… In veteran reporter Bob Woodward’s new book, covering 18 interviews with President Trump, the president reportedly bragged that he “saved his ass”—referring to Crown Prince Mohammed bin-Salman—before Congress over Khashoggi’s murder. According to Woodward, Trump said, “I was able to get Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…