Khashoggi Family Pardons Those Who Killed Their Father

Khashoggi Family Pardons Those Who Killed Their Father

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur for extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions, accused Saudi Arabia of making a "mockery" of justice by allowing the masterminds of the 2018 killing to go free.

"His ambush and heinous murder does not have a statute of limitations and no one has the right to pardon his killers".

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

The brutal slaying happened in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, where he wa tortured, murdered and dismembered.

Saudi prosecutors said in December that five unidentified people had been sentenced to death in connection with the murder after a trial in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

The murder caused a global uproar and tarnishing the reputation of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with some Western governments, as well as the Central Intelligence Agency, alleging he had ordered the killing.

The family of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday they have forgiven those who killed their father.

Even as the trial was held, the Saudi royal court was preparing for a private settlement with Khashoggi's four children and hoping to ensure they refrained from criticizing the kingdom's leadership, according to current and former Saudi officials.

"What this essentially means is that the killers will avoid capital punishment since that is a right the family [under sharia law] has to forgive", Ali Shihabi, a Saudi author and analyst close to the government said on Twitter.

'Other legal procedures by the state continue'.

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Salah has previously said he had "full confidence" in the judicial system, and criticized opponents he said were seeking to exploit the case.

Salah Khashoggi, who lives in Saudi Arabia and has received financial compensation from the royal court over the killing, explained that forgiveness was extended to the killers during the last nights of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in line with Islamic tradition to offer pardons in cases allowed by Islamic law.

The announcement was largely expected because the trial in Saudi Arabia left the door open for reprieve by ruling in December that the killing was not premeditated. Three other people were sentenced to jail terms totaling 24 years.

However, no charges were brought against crown prince Mohammed bin Salman or his former right-hand man Saud al-Qahtani.

The 34-year-old prince, who has the support of his father King Salman, denies any involvement.

"In practice, Khashoggi's killers will not be subject to the death penalty".

The murder involved 15 Saudi agents sent from Riyadh, Ankara said. His remains were never found.

The grisly killing, which took place as his Turkish fiance waited for him outside the building, drew global condemnation of Prince Mohammed. His critics, however, point to US intelligence reports that say an operation like this could not have happened without his knowledge.

Khashoggi had been at the consulate to collect paperwork relating to his planned marriage to Cengiz, a Turkish citizen.

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