Family of slain Saudi journalist Khashoggi forgives those who killed their father

Cheryl Sanders
May 22, 2020

The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced Friday, May 22, 2020 that they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving automatic legal reprieve to the five government agents convicted of his murder who'd been sentenced to execution.

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was killed and dismembered by a group of Saudi operatives shortly after he entered the country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018.

Prior to his death, Mr Kashoggi was living in the U.S. and writing for The Washington Post newspaper.

The announcement was largely expected because the trial in Saudi Arabia left the door open for reprieve by ruling in December that the killing was not premeditated.

Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death a year ago, but there is widespread suspicion that the regime and its crown prince were the true culprits.

He said the country's rulers might be attempting to deal with the issue of Khashoggi's killing in order to more easily engage with democratic nations.

The statement was posted to the Twitter account of Salah Khashoggi, one of the late journalist's sons, on Friday.

"On this blessed night of the blessed month (of #Ramadan), we remember God's saying: "If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah", son Salah Khashoggi said in a tweet.

Acts of forgiveness are common during the last 10 days of Ramadan and under Islamic law, death sentences can be commuted in cases where the victim's family offers a pardon, but it is not clear whether that will apply in this instance.

Earlier, Salah Khashoggi said he had "full confidence" in the judicial system, and that the accused were trying to exploit the case.

The Washington Post reported previous year that Khashoggi's children, including Salah, had received multimillion-dollar homes and were being paid thousands of dollars per month by authorities.

Mr Khashoggi, a journalist for The Washington Post, visited the Saudi embassy in Istanbul in 2018 to obtain paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee. His body was dismembered and removed from the building and his remains have not been found.

Saudi officials have denied they had any roll in the murder, although in September 2019 Salman indicated some personal accountability and regret decreeing "it happened under my watch".

Saudi prosecutors had said deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri oversaw Khashoggi's killing and the US Treasury had claimed the royal court's media czar Saud al-Qahtani was "part of the planning and execution" of the operation that led to the murder.

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