Manama> Former journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s sons have been pardoned. His son, Salah Qashogi, tweeted that he pardoned his father’s murderers in honor of the holy month of Ramadan. Salah added that God would be more merciful to the pardoners and all the children would accept the decision.
Khosogi was killed on October 20, 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Turkish capital. He was on his way to the Consulate to provide documents related to his divorce case. Khashogi was a columnist for the Washington Post.
In December last year, a Saudi court sentenced five people to death and three others to 24 years in prison. At the sentencing hearing, the five permanent embassies of the UN Security Council, representatives of the Turkish embassy and the family of Khashoggi were present in court.
A total of 11 people were tried in the case. Royal Court counsel Saudi Qatafatan was questioned but acquitted of the charges. Former deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Azeri was also released without evidence.
Capital punishment is allowed under Saudi Arabian law. The victim’s family is entitled to pardon or mercy. This map prevents the criminal from receiving the death penalty. In other words, the pardon issued by the victim’s family does not exclude the defendant from the responsibility or conviction of finding the guilty. Offenders will be jailed under common law.