One of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's sons said on Twitter that his family forgave his father's killers. - Lefteris Pitarakis / AP / SIPA
The children of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi announced on Twitter this Friday that they forgave their father's killers. The 59-year-old columnist, critic of the Saudi regime after being close to it, was assassinated on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul where he went to retrieve a document. According to Turkey, the former Washington Post journalist was strangled, then his body was dismembered during a mission operated by a team of fifteen people. His remains have never been found.
After denying the assassination and then putting forward several contradictory versions, the authorities in Riyadh claimed that it had been committed by Saudi agents who had acted alone and without orders from senior leaders. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been named by Turkish and American officials as the sponsor of the murder. He later said he was responsible for the murder but denied knowing it before it was committed.
The family compensated in millions of dollars
After an opaque trial in Saudi Arabia, five Saudis were sentenced to death and three sentenced to prison terms. Eleven people had been charged.
Salah Khashoggi, the journalist's son who posted the message on Twitter, said he had "full confidence" in the Saudi judicial system, criticizing opponents who he said were seeking to exploit the case. The Washington Post wrote in April 2019 that the children of the murdered journalist, including Salah, had received multi-million dollar homes and were paid thousands of dollars a month by the authorities. The family then denied.
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