Tuesday, 02 June, 2020

Family of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi 'forgives' killers

Salah Khashoggi the son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and his relatives receive mourners at an events hall in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah Salah Khashoggi the son of Jamal Khashoggi waits to receive mourners in Jeddah in November 2018
Deanna Wagner | 23 May, 2020, 00:42

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was accused of ordering the killing but the kingdom has strongly denied this.

Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz responded to Salah's message on Twitter saying that "no one has the right to pardon his killers" adding that the fight to bring the perpetrators to justice is far from over.

"Therefore, we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward from the God almighty".

In a rogue operation carried out at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, Khashoggi was killed on October 2, 2018.

However, in what was seen as a sham trial, Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death for the murder.

Khashoggi's son Salah said at the time of the December verdict that "it has been fair to us and that justice has been achieved".

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.

Saudi authorities did not immediately comment on the legal ramifications of the announcement from Salah, who resides in the kingdom and has denied reports of a financial settlement with the government.

Eleven suspects in all were put on trial in secretive proceedings in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

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The December verdict, condemned by human rights groups as a travesty of justice, underscored Saudi efforts to draw a line under the crisis as it seeks to reboot its worldwide image ahead of this year's G20 summit in Riyadh.

Analyst Nabeel Nowairah also said the family's declaration effectively means the "murderers will not be executed".

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference before his murder.

Out of 11 individuals indicted in the case - most of whom remain unnamed - five were sentenced to death, three face jail terms totaling 24 years and the others were acquitted, according to the public prosecutor.

Khashoggi's son Salah, who met crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in the wake of the killing, made the "pardon" announcement on behalf of the journalist's sons today.

However, it's not clear if the statement will hold any legal standing in the treatment of those in Saudi Arabia sentenced to death over the killing.

The Saudi prosecutor had previously said that Qahtani, a former high-profile Saudi royal adviser, had discussed Khashoggi's activities before he entered the Saudi consulate with the team which went on to hill him.

Investigators believe that he was murdered and dismembered while she waited outside, but his remains have never been recovered.

It sparked immediate claims of a cover-up to protect the prince, who denies involvement in the killing. US intelligence agencies, however, say an operation like this could not have happened without his knowledge and the Senate has blamed the crown prince for the murder.