Khashoggi Family Pardons Those Who Killed Their Father

  • Khashoggi Family Pardons Those Who Killed Their Father

Khashoggi Family Pardons Those Who Killed Their Father

"Thus, we, sons of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce that we forgive those who killed our father - May he rest in peace - for the sake of God Almighty, hopefully seeking reward with the Almighty", Salah's statement reportedly said.

The family of the journalist - who was an outspoken critic of Saudi royals before his grisly murder at Riyadh's embassy in Istanbul in October 2018 - signaled in December that they would not oppose the verdicts handed out to those implicated in the case.

Five men were sentenced to death in the case last year in a Saudi court, while three others were given 24 years in prison for their role in the murder plot.

The family of the brutally slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi announced a pardon for those involved in the killing in an act of forgiveness during Ramadan, the month of fasting, prayer, and reflection observed by the Muslim community.

"There were reports that the family was paid blood money by the Saudi Government - which were denied by Mr Khashoggi's son Salah", he said.

The suspects had been put on trial in secretive proceedings in the capital Riyadh, trials which were condemned by the United Nations and rights groups.

'Other legal procedures by the state continue'.

Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said Friday that the "killers came from Saudi with premeditation to lure, ambush & kill him".

"We will not pardon the killers nor those who ordered the killing". His remains have not been found.

Salah Khashoggi tweeted a statement forgiving his murderers, while human rights activists accuse the Saudi government of trying to shutter the case.

Saudi media outlet Arab News sought to clarify Friday that the announcement made by Khashoggi's sons may spare the convicted killers from execution, but does not mean they will go unpunished.

To that end, the children were given multimillion-dollar homes and monthly five-figure payments as part of a compensation package that was approved by King Salman soon after Khashoggi's killing, officials said. Salah has rejected reports of a financial settlement with the Saudi government.

After offering shifting accounts of what transpired, and under intense global and Turkish pressure, the kingdom eventually settled on the explanation that Khashoggi had been killed by Saudi agents in an operation masterminded by two of the crown prince's top aides, who have since been removed from their posts.

In this photo from November 27, 2018, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian president at the presidential palace in Carthage, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis.

Qahtani was investigated but not indicted "due to insufficient evidence" and Assiri was charged, but eventually acquitted on the same grounds, according to the public prosecutor.

Both aides were part of Prince Mohammed's tight-knit inner circle and were formally sacked over the killing, but only Assiri appeared in the court hearings, according to Western sources.