Saudi Khashoggi verdict condemned globally but backed by US

Saudi Khashoggi verdict condemned globally but backed by USA Saudi court verdict that exonerated the crown prince’s top aides over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been globally condemned as a travesty of justice, but won the backing of ally Washington. Five unnamed people were sentenced to death on Monday while three others were handed jail terms totalling 24 years over the Washington Post columnist’s killing last year in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate. The verdict underscores Saudi efforts to turn the page on one of its worst diplomatic crises that tarnished Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s global reputation and sparked intense scrutiny of the kingdom’s human rights record.

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Russian court extends detention of ex-Marine Moscow calls a spy

Tue Dec 24 , 2019
A Russian court on Tuesday extended by three months the detention of Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine accused by Moscow of spying, a decision his family and U.S. officials condemned as unjust. Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was detained by agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service in a Moscow hotel room on Dec. 28 last year. Moscow says Whelan was caught red-handed with a computer flash drive containing classified information. Posts from the same category: Saudi crown prince visits UAE amid push to end Yemen war Mohammed bin Salman backs Yemeni government as Saudi-led coalition […]