UN says Khashoggi trial fell short on transparency, accountability

UN says Khashoggi trial fell short on transparency, accountability

The Saudi trial of suspects charged with the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi lacked transparency and fell short on assigning accountability for the crime, the UN human rights office said on Tuesday.

 

A Saudi Arabian court on Monday jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, state media reported.

 

The court jailed the eight people, four months after Khashoggi’s family forgave his killers and enabled death sentences to be set aside.

 

UN spokesman Rupert Colville, told a Geneva briefing that although the UN opposed the death penalty, “this is a case where there has not been proper transparency in the justice process; those responsible should be prosecuted and given sentences commensurate with the crime.

 

“There is a whole issue of transparency and accountability in the case.”

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