Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecution issued on Monday the final verdicts against eight convicts in the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.
The prosecution said in a statement on the Saudi Press Agency that five were sentenced to 20 years in jail, and three sentenced to seven to 10 years in jail.
The verdicts were made after authorities checked Khashoggi’s family over their right to pardon, the statement said, adding that the verdicts are final and must be enforced.
Khashoggi’s sons said in May in a statement that they had “pardoned” killers, giving a legal reprieve to the five who had been sentenced to death and sparing their capital punishment. In Saudi Arabia, the family of the victim has the right to pardon the perpetrator.
Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October 2018, and a number of top Saudi officials were arrested in connection with the case.