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U.S. sees Saudi trial as 'important step': senior U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States considers Saudi Arabia’s sentencing of five people to death and three more to jail over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi “an important step” in holding those responsible for the crime accountable, a senior official of the U.S. administration said on Monday.

“This is an important step in holding those responsible for this terrible crime accountable, and we encourage Saudi Arabia to continue with a fair and transparent judicial process,” said the official, who did not wish to be otherwise identified.

Reporting by David Brunnstrom, Alexandra Alper and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Leslie Adler

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