EXCLUSIVE: The children of Jamal Khashoggi ask that their father's body be returned soon
"The only thing we want now is to bury him in Medina, with the rest of his family," said Salahn Khashoggi, the journalist's oldest son killed, in an exclusive interview with CNN.
(CNN) - The sons of assassinated Saudi Jamal Khashoggi told CNN, in an exclusive interview, how important it is for them that their father's body be returned to them, so they can give him an appropriate Islamic burial.
"The only thing we want now is to bury him in Medina, with the rest of his family ... it's an Islamic tradition, a basic humanitarian problem, we believe it can be achieved by burying him in the place where he wanted to be buried," said Salah Khashoggi, Jamal's eldest son, to the international diplomatic editor of CNN, Nic Robertson, in an interview this Sunday in Washington, DC.
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Salah Khashoggi also said he has faith that the king of Saudi Arabia will bring to justice those responsible for the murder of his father.
"The king has emphasized that all those involved will be brought to justice. And I have faith in that, "he said.
When asked how he would like his father remembered, Salah said he would like his father to be evoked "as a moderate man, with values common to all, Genuine and honest, a man who loved his country, who Jamal was never a dissident, he believed in the monarchy, which is what keeps the country together, and he believed in the transformation he is going through, and that is how he should be remembered. "
The family of Jamal Khashoggi has been silent since his horrible murder last month. Exclusively with CNN, her two sons, Salah and Abdullah, sit down with Nic Robertson to talk about their father and tell their story, as only one family would know. They will talk about their pain and what they most want: the return of their body so that they can bury it.
The death of Jamal Khashoggi
The body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dismembered after being strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Attorney General's office in Istanbul reported last week.
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This was done as part of a premeditated plan, according to a statement from the attorney general's office.
The statement is the clearest yet of the Turkish authorities on the fate of the Washington Post journalist, whose remains have not yet been found.
"The body of the victim was dismembered and destroyed after his death by asphyxia," the statement said.