The European Union condemns the death penalty to which five people in Saudi Arabia have been sentenced for the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last year.
“The European Union always and without exception rejects the death penalty,” said a spokesperson for Josep Borrell, the European foreign minister. The EU calls the death penalty a cruel and inhuman punishment that is not a deterrent and an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.
Khashoggi, who wrote for The Washington Post, was murdered when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.
He wanted to collect documents there for his marriage to the Turkish Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting for him outside. His corpse was never found. The journalist initially leaned to the Saudi regime, but later took a critical stance.
A Saudi court sentenced five men to death on Monday for the murder. The UN Special Rapporteur on the killing of the journalist, Agnès Callamard, spoke of a “farce” before.
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres demanded an independent and impartial investigation into the murder. Turkey criticised the fact that the investigation did not even clear where the body of the journalist is or who gave the order.
The EU now reiterates the need for everyone involved to be accountable and to be prosecuted.