UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions Monday slammed Saudi Arabia court rulings in the criminal probe of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as “mockery.”

The public prosecutor’s office in Riyadh earlier in the day announced that five people had been sentenced to death for involvement in the killing and three others sentenced to a total of 24 years for their role in covering up the crime and violating law. 

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and a U.S. resident, was murdered after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 of last year on a visit

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