Transcript for 5 are sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for journalist’s killing
Next, to the courtroom decision in Saudi Arabia, raising many questions tonight. Saudi state TV confirming five people have been sentenced to death for the grisly murder of "Washington post" journalist Jamal khashoggi. Rue than rights agencies and others calling that verdict a mockery and a whitewash. Here's ABC's Ian Pannell. Reporter: Tonight, five sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for killing Jamal khashoggi. The writer, a critic of the royal family, was last seen walking into the Saudi consulate in istanbul last year. Saudi claims they sent a team to persuade him to return to the kingdom. At first, they insisted he left the consulate alive. Then, they claimed he was accidentally killed in a fight. They then admitted a member of the team murdered khashoggi. The CIA's determined the murder was likely carried out on orders from the crown prints, but he denies it, telling "60 minutes." Translator: Absolutely not. This was a heinous crime. Reporter: Today, the court ruled there was no prior intention to kill. But the publisher of "The Washington post" is now blasting the trial as a sham. It was held in semisecret. The Saudis refusing to identify the men condemned to die. Still, they did reveal that three suspects, top aides of the crown prince, would not be charged. The Saudis and the trump administration, which is largely standing by them, are likely to hope this ends the affair, but it risks doing the opposite. With so many questions left unanswered about what really happened. Tom? Ian Pannell, who has been covering the story from the start. Thank you.
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