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Weekend Reads Saudi Arabia: Khashoggi children “forgive” their father's killers

16:46  22 may  2020
16:46  22 may  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Le journaliste Jamal Khashoggi a disparu suite à son entrée dans le consulat saoudien à Istanbul le 2 octobre 2018. © Yasin AKGUL / AFP Journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

Public pardon of the children of Jamal Khashoggi could help avoid the death penalty for those charged with this murder. Their trial by the Saudi justice system had already been widely criticized internationally

A total of 11 people were indicted for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi including three sentenced to death by the Saudi justice system. A verdict described as "a travesty of justice" by human rights organizations which accuse Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salman of having ordered the assassination of this critical editorialist of the regime.

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It is in this context that Salah, the son of Jamal Khashoggi posted a message on Twitter this Friday, May 22, saying that his family forgave the murderers of his father. According to Sharia law applied in Saudi Arabia, the pardon of the victim's family could avoid the death penalty for those convicted. Salah Khashoggi, who lives in Saudi Arabia, had already assured that he had full confidence in the Saudi judicial system and accused the opponents of seeking to exploit this affair.

For its part, l engaged Jamal Khashoggi reacted to this statement. According to her "no one has the right to forgive the murderers of her husband". Opponents in exile also signed a petition refusing this pardon and claiming that certain members of Jamal Khashoggi's family could not speak freely.

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