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‘Blood Money’: Slain Saudi Journalist’s Children Getting Payouts From Riyadh

05 April, 2019, 06:38 | Author: Taylor George
  • Khashoggi’s children paid by kingdom

The children of Jamal Khashoggi have received property worth millions of dollars as a one-time compensation and huge monthly allowances for the killing of the Saudi journalist, a source has said.

According to the report, the previously undisclosed payments were part of an effort by Saudi Arabia to reach a long-term arrangement with Khashoggi family members, aimed in part at ensuring that they continue to show restraint in their public statements.

Numerous questions in the case are not clarified, such as the role of Saudi Arabia's powerful crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Smith remarked upon how insane it is that 9/11 could be considered a "blip" in the U.S. -Saudi relationship, saying, "And that a man whom our intelligence agency says was cut to bits on the order of the man that rules the kingdom from day to day, who has children and is a resident of the United States, that that is but a blip". Neither did William Taylor, a Washington lawyer who has represented the family.

Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan issued a statement Monday, six months after Jamal Khashoggi's death, saying the Saudis "have adopted a strategy of evasion" that has "scapegoated expendable officials, seeking to quell worldwide furor by staging a sham trial".

The Khashoggi children haven't spoken out to condemn the Saudi government in the wake of the Khashoggi's death.

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On October 2, 2018, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul, Turkey. According to the Post, the late journalist's children could receive tens of millions of dollars apiece in so-called "blood money" negotiations.

Turkish police never found Khashoggi's body.

But shortly after Khashoggi's killing, cinema chain Vue International put on hold plans to open as many as 30 locations in Saudi Arabia, the company's CEO Tim Richards told The Guardian at the time. Still, trials against the remaining 11 suspects have been shrouded in secrecy, and names of the defendants and the charges against them have not been disclosed publicly.

Looking ahead, the Saudi leadership would like nothing more than to bury the Khashoggi saga and move forward in working closely with the USA when it comes to the kingdom's economic transformation as well as Riyadh's and Washington's shared objectives in the region, particularly with respect to countering Iranian influence. It is not known whether Khashoggi's remains have been recovered.

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. It would be a mistake to presume that the Khashoggi family has much choice in accepting the compensation.

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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