Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire says the death sentences against five Saudis for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi were motivated by a 'desire to forever silence witnesses to or even the perpetrators of this horrible murder.'
Riyadh initially offered multiple accounts about Khashoggi's disappearance, but later said the journalist was killed by rogue officials inside it consulate. The UN blames Saudi officials for his "premeditated" murder.
Earlier this year, the UN said that Khashoggi was "the victim of a brutal and premeditated" murder, "planned and perpetrated" by Saudi officials. The journalist was allegedly strangled in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.