A Saudi court in a final ruling on Monday overturned five death sentences over dissident Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination.
The court sentenced five persons to 20-year imprisonment while three others bagged between seven to 10 years.
The identity of those convicted was however not revealed in a ruling that “closes the case forever” according to the announcement from the prosecutor’s office.
Khashoggi was a columnist for The Washington Post who was killed on 2nd of October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His sons had in May said they had “pardoned” the killers.
“The whole verdict seems to me to have been manipulated. According to legal practice in Saudi Arabia, the family has a right to commute any sentence, and the family has issued such a declaration – most probably under duress. I don’t think it was done freely, knowing the family,” Jahshan, a family friend told Al Jazeera.