Canadian in Saudi Arabia has death sentence overturned

In jail since 2007, Montreal's Mohamed Kohail will get a new trial

Mohamed Kohail, a 24-year-old Montreal man, has had his death sentence revoked by Saudi’s supreme court. The former student was convicted of murdering a 19-year-old in a schoolyard brawl. Kohail, who’s been in jail since 2007, would have been beheaded. But the court overturned the rulings of two lower courts and ordered a new trial. Meanwhile, Kohail’s younger brother Sultan, is also in jail over the same incident. His case has recently been transferred from juvenile to adult court. Both brothers immigrated to Canada in 2000, but returned to Saudi Arabia in 2006 when a family member became ill.


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