Jamal Khashoggi's Children Given Houses, Payments as Compensation for His Death

The houses given to the Khashoggi children are located in the port city of Jeddah

The houses given to the Khashoggi children are located in the port city of Jeddah

In order to ensure, inter alia, that the family consider continuing with public Statements on the case back.

In October, the Saudi government released photos of Salah shaking hands with Mohammed, an image that was meant to show the crown prince offering condolences but was widely seen as an indication of the coercive power the royal family was exerting on Jamal Khashoggi's children.

Saudi Arabia s interior ministry said four people were executed Monday for drug trafficking, including one woman, bringing to 53 the number of people put to death this year.

The Saudi government communications office did not immediately respond to a request to comment. Yet even if these trials close the case in Saudi Arabia, the resolution of this file under Saudi law will not resolve this saga internationally with United Nations and US-led investigations continuing.

"Six months after the extrajudicial execution of Jamal Khashoggi, there are still no real signs of justice or worldwide accountability".

Last year, Saudi Arabia carried out the death sentences of 120 people. Neither did William Taylor, a Washington lawyer who has represented the family.

In February, The New York Times reported that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide in 2017 that he would use "a bullet" on the self-exiled journalist if he did not return to the kingdom and stop criticising the Saudi government.

Moreover, this affair has become a bubbling domestic issue in the USA with scores of lawmakers on both sides of the partisan divide harshly criticising Trump's response to Khashoggi's murder in which he said, "Maybe [MBS] did, maybe he didn't" order Khashoggi's killing notwithstanding the CIA's findings.

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Saudi Arabia is compensating the children of Khashoggi for his murder, the newspaper also confirmed yesterday.

Turkish police never found Khashoggi's body.

"The Saudi Arabian authorities' ongoing trial of 11 suspects lacks credibility and transparency".

The kingdom initially said it had no knowledge of Khashoggi's fate but amid mounting global pressure acknowledged that he was killed at the Saudi consulate in a rogue operation.

Riyadh has maintained that neither bin Salman nor King Salman knew of the operation to target Khashoggi last October. The arrangement may require the siblings to publicly forgive or absolve the killer in order to receive the massive payout.

Former Saudi officials and experts said the royal court and government have incentives to seek such an agreement and avoid a situation in which only low-level operatives are executed for their role in a plot that was developed and orchestrated from high levels of government.

Sources close to Khashoggi's family have said they fear possible retaliation for speaking out about their father's death and that the payments are buying their silence. The properties are part of an initial settlement and are worth as much as $4m apiece, the Post reported.

If security officers are convicted of the killing, the payment of blood money to the Khashoggis could give the king or crown prince leeway to issue pardons or suspended sentences that could defuse internal dissent.

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