RIYADH: The sons of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Friday that they have forgiven the killers of their father.
“In 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,” his son Salah Khashoggi said on Twitter.
“Therefore, we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty” he added.
Khashoggi was killed at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, in a case that triggered international outrage. Turkey said the operation involved 15 agents sent from Saudi Arabia.
His body was reportedly dismembered and removed from the building and his remains have not been found. The murder caused a global uproar.
Eleven individuals were indicted in the case, out of which five were sentenced to death, three face jail terms totaling 24 years, and the others were acquitted, the public prosecutor said in December.
Salah has previously said he had full confidence in the judicial system, and criticised opponents he said were seeking to exploit the case. “It has been fair to us and that justice has been achieved,” Salah said.
The Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a columnist, reported in April that Khashoggi’s children, including Salah, had received multimillion-dollar homes and were being paid thousands of dollars per month by authorities.
Salah rejected the report and denied discussing a financial settlement with the Saudi government. The CIA and a UN special envoy have directly linked Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder