Slain Saudi journalist Khashoggi’s sons pardon killers

Slain Saudi journalist Khashoggi’s sons pardon killers
Jeddah – The sons of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have announced to forgive the killers, who were awarded death sentence by a kingdom’s court last year, of their father.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), was murdered at kingdom’s consulate in 2018.

Salah Khashoggi, the son of the deceased Washington Post columnist, said in a tweet, "On this holy night of this blessed month (of Ramadan)... we the sons of martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce we forgive and pardon those who killed our father".

There is no official response regarding the legal aspect of the pardon announced by Khashoggi’s family for five death row convicts.

Salah has rejected reports of financial settlement with the government over the matter.

On the other hand, the Turkish fiancée of deceased journalist said that "no one" had the right to forgive his killers.

"His ambush and heinous murder does not have a statute of limitations and no one has the right to pardon his killers. I and others will not stop until we get #JusticeForJamal," Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz tweeted.

In December 2019, Saudi court had sentenced five people to death over the murder of the Saudi journalist.

"The court issued death sentences on five men who directly took part in the killing," the prosecutor, Shalaan al-Shalaan, said in a statement.

The court had also ruled in favour of Saudi consul-general who was present in Istanbul at the time of murder and was released from prison after the verdicts were announced.

Of the 11 unnamed individuals indicted in the case, five were sentenced to death, while three face jail terms totalling 24 years, and the others were acquitted.

All convicted have the right to appeal against the verdicts.

Khashoggi was living in self-exile in the United States where had been granted political asylum after political pressures had forced him out of his home country.

He was visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, when he was murdered there.

According to audio recordings, CCTV footage and forensic evidence, Khashoggi was killed by a hit squad and then his body disposed of. The whereabouts of his dismembered body are still unknown.