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We’ve forgiven our fathers killers - Slain journalist Khashoggi’s sons

We’ve forgiven our fathers killers - Slain journalist Khashoggi’s sons”

The family of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has forgiven those who killed their father, his son Salah wrote in a tweet on Friday.

Analysts say that the family's forgiveness effectively grants clemency to five unnamed convicted people on death row, including two top aides of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Saudi court which issued the five death sentences in December said the killing was not premeditated, a ruling which backed assertions by Saudi officials but which contradicted the findings of a UN-led inquiry into Khashoggi's killing.

"There were reports that the family was paid blood money by the Saudi Government - which were denied by Mr Khashoggi's son Salah", he said.

'Other legal procedures by the state continue'.

Salah Khashoggi, who lives in Saudi Arabia and has received financial compensation from the royal court for his father's killing, explained that forgiveness was extended to the killers during the last nights of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in line with Islamic tradition to offer pardons in cases allowed by Islamic law.

He has also previously criticised "opponents and enemies" of Saudi Arabia who he said had tried to exploit his father's death to undermine the country's leadership.

The December verdict, which was lambasted by 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. Three of the 11 accused were sentenced to prison terms totalling 24 years and three others were found not guilty.

However, no charges were brought against crown prince Mohammed bin Salman or his former right-hand man Saud al-Qahtani.

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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.

"In practice, Khashoggi's killers will not be subject to the death penalty".

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

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

Riyadh insists it was a rogue operation, having initially denied that Khashoggi died at all and then claimed that he died accidentally during a brawl.

In this photo from November 27, 2018, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is pictured while meeting with the Tunisian president at the presidential palace in Carthage, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Tunis.

Khashoggi, who was a critic of the Saudi government, had been writing for the Washington Post newspaper and living in the United States before his death.

Khashoggi was last seen at the Saudi consulate where he had gone to get the necessary documents for his wedding.



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