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Weekend Reads Assassination of journalist Khashoggi: the strange forgiveness of his children for his Saudi assassins

16:46  22 may  2020
16:46  22 may  2020 Source:   nouvelobs.com

Khashoggi assassination: the surprising forgiveness of his children to his Saudi assassins

 Khashoggi assassination: the surprising forgiveness of his children to his Saudi assassins The journalist's children, murdered in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, said that they forgave the assassins. An announcement that makes you react. © afp.com/MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, December 15, 2014 in Bahrain. This case had gone around the world and tainted the international image of the Saudi prince.

  Assassinat du journaliste Khashoggi : l’étrange pardon de ses enfants à ses assassins saoudiens © Copyright 2020, L'Obs

The children of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi declared on Friday May 22 that they "forgave" the murderers of their father . An announcement that the journalist's fiancée has wiped out of the palm of his hand, but which could allow the accused to escape the death penalty, analysts said;

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Jamal Khashoggi, critic of the Saudi regime after having been close to it, was assassinated and his body cut to pieces on October 2, 2018 from Saudi Arabia to Istanbul where he had gone to retrieve a document.

Thus, "the assassins will avoid capital punishment"

"We, the children of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce that we forgive those who killed our father", wrote on Twitter Salah Khashoggi, eldest son of the former collaborator of the American daily Washington Post.

Khashoggi case: the children of the Saudi journalist "forgive" the killers

 Khashoggi case: the children of the Saudi journalist © Mohammed al-Shaikh, AFP The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in Turkey, in October 2018. The children of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, said Friday that they have forgiven the murderers of their father.

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—salahkhashoggi (@salah khashoggi)

The Saudi authorities have not reacted publicly to this announcement by Salah Khashoggi, who still lives in Saudi Arabia and has always denied any financial arrangement with the power.

"This mainly means that the murderers will avoid capital punishment since it is a right that the family holds (according to sharia, Islamic law, editor's note) by forgiveness", said Ali Shihabi, author and close Saudi analyst on Twitter of the government.

What this essentially means is that the killers will avoid capital punishment since that is a right the family (und… https://t.co/9tMXvc4CfF

—aliShihabi (@Ali Shihabi)

“According to Sharia law applied in Saudi Arabia, the murderers will not be executed, "added analyst Nabeel Nowairah on Twitter.

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As @aalodah predicted months ago, Jamal #Khashoggi sons announce that they forgive the killers of their father. In t… https://t.co / JQZUDbl8VG

—NabeelNowairah (@Nabeel Nowairah)

In the past, Salah Khashoggi, one of the journalist's four children, had already assured that he had "full confidence" in the Saudi judicial system, criticizing the opponents who he said were looking for

Journalist's children paid by Saudi Arabia?

In April 2019, the Washington Post assured 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.

After an opaque trial in Saudi Arabia, five Saudis were sentenced to death and three sentenced to prison terms for the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. Eleven people had been charged in total.

The verdict pronounced in December, described as a “travesty of justice” by international human rights organizations , came as the kingdom was stepping up diplomatic efforts to draw a line under this crisis and restore a tarnished image, with the approach of the G20 summit, organized by Ryad this year.

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UN report points to MBS responsibility for the murder of Khashoggi

According to Turkey, Khashoggi was strangled and his body dismembered during a mission operated by a team of fifteen people. The 59-year-old editorialist’s remains have never been found.

After denying the assassination and then putting forward several contradictory versions, the authorities in Riyadh claimed that it was committed by Saudi agents who acted alone and without orders from senior leaders.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, nicknamed MBS, was appointed by Turkish and American officials to be the sponsor of the murder. He later said he assumed responsibility for the murder, as a leader, but denied knowing it before it was committed.

"No one has the right to forgive"

The Turkish fiancée of journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Friday that "no one has the right to forgive his murderers", after the leniency gesture announced by the sons of the deceased.

"The trap set for him and his heinous murder have no limitation period and no one has the right to forgive his murderers. We won’t stop until justice is done for Jamal, ”fiancée Hatice Cengiz tweeted.

Jamal was killed inside his country's consulate while getting the docs to complete our marriage. The killers came f… https://t.co/EjTlzpfszX

—mercan_resifi (@Hatice Cengiz / خديجة)

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