Saudi sentences 5 to death over murder of Washington Post columnist

Jamal Khashoggi was a vocal critic of the ruling royal family and brutally murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year.
1:22 | 12/23/19

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Transcript for Saudi sentences 5 to death over murder of Washington Post columnist
We'll see how that plays out. Five people have been sentenced in the death, the murder of "Washington post" columnist Jamal khashoggi. Ian Pannell has the latest in London. Reporter: Five people were sentenced to death of "The Washington post" columnist. He was a writer of the royal family, and he was murdered. A CIA assessment reported the finger of blame at the crown prince, something the Saudis have consistently denied. Trying to portray it as a way to persuade the writer to return home that went terribly wrong. It was concluded the murder was not premeditated, and two have been found not guilty and released. Will this decision ease the widespread condemnation of Saudi Arabia? Reporter: Well, the Saudis and the trump administration may hope this is the end of the affair, but I think the verdict risked doing the entire opposite. They are likely to regard this as a whitewash. Two key individuals left off. The other two found guilty of manslaughter, even though there was one who took a bone saw to the meeting, and not one of them has been named. Eva? Ian Pannell in London. Thank you.

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