Jamal Khashoggi's Fiancee Says "No One Has Right" To Pardon His Killers

Cheryl Sanders
May 22, 2020

Saudi officials say he had no role though, in September 2019, Prince Mohammed bin Salman indicated some personal accountability, saying "it happened under my watch".

'His ambush and heinous murder does not have a statute of limitations and no one has the right to pardon his killers.

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

Analysts believe the announcement could spare the lives of five unnamed people sentenced to death over the murder in a December court ruling.

Salah Khashoggi had said of the December verdict that "it has been fair to us and that justice has been achieved".

The family of Jamal Khashoggi has released a statement saying they have forgiven the Saudi journalist's murderers, but experts say the act of reconciliation may have had a political motive. "I and others will not stop until we get #JusticeForJamal", Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz tweeted.

There had been reports that Salah Khashoggi, who is a dual US-Saudi citizen, was barred from leaving the Kingdom in the aftermath of his father's death, along with other family members, some of whom are US residents.

'What this essentially means is that the killers will avoid capital punishment since that is a right the family has to forgive, ' said Ali Shihabi, a Saudi author and analyst.

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 on November 16, 2018.

Riyadh has described the murder as a "rogue" operation, but both the Central Intelligence Agency and a United Nations special envoy have directly linked Prince Mohammed to the killing, a charge the kingdom vehemently denies.

Salah Khashoggi had welcomed the judgment, and expressed his faith in the Saudi judicial system denouncing those who politicizes his father's case.

The trial was widely criticized by rights groups and an independent United Nations investigator who noted that no senior officials nor anyone in charge of ordering the operation was found guilty.

"It is sad to see Khashoggi's sons have to endure further humiliation at the hands of the Saudi establishment with their so-called forgiveness of their father's killers", Bessma Momani, a professor at Canada's University of Waterloo, told AFP. The killers, sentenced to death, are still likely to face lengthy prison sentences. The body has never been found.

The Washington Post claimed that some US-residing family members had received million-dollar homes and monthly stipends of $10,000 as part of a long term settlement. 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.

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.

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