The Public Prosecutor of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia announced on Monday, 23 December, the verdicts of the Riyadh Criminal Court, still subject to appeals, to sentence five individuals to death and three others to jail terms for the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The European Union is unequivocally opposed to the use of capital punishment always and without exception. It is a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a deterrent and represents an unacceptable denial of human dignity and integrity.
In the specific case of the murder of Mr Khashoggi the European Union reiterates the need to fully ensure accountability and prosecution of all those responsible for and involved in his killing on 2 October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. This has to be based on the principles of transparency, respect of legal proceedings and due process.