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    Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist's family 'forgives' his killers

    Oh look, how convenient, just in time to announce the takeover of Newcastle United.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-52764920

    Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist's family 'forgives' his killers

    The son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has released a statement forgiving his killers.

    Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was killed inside the kingdom's consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul in October 2018.

    Saudi officials maintain his death was a result of a "rogue operation" and was not state sanctioned.

    But their account of events has been doubted internationally, including by some intelligence agencies and the UN.

    Khashoggi had been writing for the Washington Post newspaper and living in the US before his death.

    After offering changing accounts of his disappearance, Saudi authorities eventually submitted he was killed in a botched operation by a team tasked with getting him to return to the country.

    In December 2019, a court sentenced five unnamed men to death for their role in his killing after a secretive trial in Riyadh.

    A United Nations special rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, labelled the Saudi trial the "antithesis of justice" and urged an independent investigation.

    What has Khashoggi's family said?

    The statement was posted to the Twitter account of Salah Khashoggi, one of the late journalist's sons, on Friday.

    "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," Salah, who lives in the Saudi city of Jeddah, wrote.

    "Therefore we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce pardoning those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty."

    Death sentences can be commuted in light of a pardon by the victim's family under Islamic law, but it is not clear whether that will apply in this case.

    Salah has previously issued statements expressing his confidence in, and support of, the Saudi investigation.

    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.

    Last year, the Washington Post reported that Khashoggi's children had received homes and monthly payments as compensation for the killing of their father.

    But Salah, Khashoggi's eldest son, was the only sibling who intended to carry on living in Saudi Arabia, the newspaper said.

    What happened to Jamal Khashoggi?

    The journalist - who had gone into self-imposed exile in the US in 2017 - went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 seeking documents to get married to fiancé Hatice Cengiz.

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

    Saudi officials initially claimed he had left the building alive and their account of events changed several times in the weeks after his disappearance.

    Details of his gruesome killing shocked the world, and a subsequent UN report said there was credible evidence that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-level Saudi officials were individually liable.

    The prince has denied any involvement in the murder, but has said he took "full responsibility as a leader in Saudi Arabia, especially since it was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government".

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    That's good. Beheadings don't look good for us right now.

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    That;s his son saying that - not the oddball, troublemaking, fameseeking, fiance who the son had never heard of before his fathers death.

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    I find it odd that everything she says is gospel truth but anything the family or anyone else says against her is lies and propaganda. Still once this takeover is finished it might be interesting to see what the Qatari govt have her doing next, then again it probably won't.

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    This sentence really sticks out:

    "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."


    Perhaps separating the (horrible) murder and other Saudi activities is the best thing to do after all.

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    I think this act of forgiveness will lead to a Pardon and spares 5 people from receiving the death sentence.

    I’d love for them to be open about all this and say what exactly these 5 people did. They could well be innocents that were thrown to the slaughter to protect higher ups. Perhaps that factored into the sons’s thinking when deciding to offer forgiveness. It is the holy month of Ramadan after all.

    Turkey releasing the full audio recordings of the killing identifying who said what and did what would probably help for transparency.

    We’re not all so innocent and naive though, the family must have received substantial compensation. Especially if they are coming out with this statement. Also the guy still lives in Saudi Arabia....does anyone really think he would aggressively speak out against you know who after what has happened to other dissidents? I’m sure he has the safety of other family members to think about.

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    More suited for RTG this thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by AP69 View Post
    More suited for RTG this thread
    Exactly, a thread was closed down about her last weeks so was only started to get the same reaction. Less I hear about her personally the better.

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    Let's get United again

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    Benny isn't a troll, agree or disagree (I disagree) reply or don't.

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