Saudi Arabia Gives Jamal Khashoggi's Children Homes, Monthly Payments

Saudi Arabia Gives Jamal Khashoggi's Children Homes, Monthly Payments

Saudi Arabia Gives Jamal Khashoggi's Children Homes, Monthly Payments

Saudi Arabia is compensating the children of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi for his murder, The Washington Post reported Monday.

Saudi King Salman approved the payouts in late 2018 to acknowledge "a big injustice has been done" and "to make a wrong right", a former official said, according to WaPo.

Saudi officials have strenuously denied that Mohammed was involved, describing the slaying as a rogue operation carried out by a team that meant to subdue Khashoggi and bring him back to Riyadh but killed him after a struggle at the consulate in Istanbul.

Eldest son Salah Khashoggi is the only one of the siblings who still lives in Saudi Arabia. While his daughters have been outspoken about their father, his sons have remained focused on receiving the maximum financial compensation from the crown prince.

The payments appear to be part of an attempt to deter the Khashoggi children from speaking out against the kingdom's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom US and other Western intelligence agencies have concluded ordered the killing.

If the men are convicted and sentenced to death, the Saudi system of justice could allow the Khashoggi family members to grant their father's killers clemency as part of a "blood money" arrangement in which they might then be entitled to tens of millions of dollars. Saudi authorities vehemently deny his involvement.

"It is also outrageous to learn that some governments whose diplomats have attended the trial of the alleged suspects have remained silent on fair trial concerns, especially given the prosecution is seeking the death penalty for some defendants".

The family of the murdered Saudi journalist stands to receive in total more than $70 million and assets, CNN reports.

Saudi Arabia acknowledged the killing in October and said it fired five top officials and arrested 18 Saudis as part of the initial investigation into the murder.

But shortly after Khashoggi's killing, cinema chain Vue International put on hold plans to open as many as 30 locations in Saudi Arabia, Chief Executive Officer Tim Richards told The Guardian newspaper at the time.

Trump said in November: "It could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't".

The view that Trump's failure to hold the Saudi government responsible has weakened America's moral standing internationally, in addition to the United States government's credibility, has led to sustained calls on the White House to hold those with Khashoggi's blood on their hands to account albeit to no avail.

Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to the crown prince, was part of the team and was dismissed soon after Khashoggi's killing, although Prince Mohammed reportedly continued to take advice from him as recently as January.

October, in the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul was murdered.

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