In a statement posted on twitter one of the son of deceased Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi along with other siblings, pardoned the men, who killed their father. It dampens the prospect of execution of the killers for the crime.
Mr. Khashoggi was a prominent journalist who wrote columns that were critical of Mohammed bin Salman in the Washington Post. He fled the kingdom and took refuge in Turkey. In October 2018 he was killed and dismembered by agents from Saudi Arabia in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
The NYT reported, “In December, a Saudi court convicted eight men in connection with the crime, sentencing three to prison terms and five to death, which is usually carried out in the kingdom by beheading.”
Salah Khashoggi who posted the statement lives in Saudi Arabia. “He and his three siblings have received tens of thousands of dollars and millions in real estate from the kingdom’s rulers as compensation for their father’s killing”, said the report.
Many believe that Khashoggi’s son was pressurised to pardon the killers. The truth of the matter is that the prosecution of Khashoggi’s killers was orchestrated to fit the Suadi narrative. It is evident in the covering of the names of the killers that were never released.
In the same way, Prince Mohammed’s attempt to frame the story to suit his interest and his international reputation has raised eyebrows in the human rights community. Even the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that Prince Mohammed had most likely ordered the killing, and the Senate unanimously passed a symbolic resolution holding Prince Mohammed personally accountable for Khashoggi’s death. This has not gone down well with the Prince, the de facto ruler of the kingdom and since then attempts have been made to hush up the investigation.
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