Published: Wed, April 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Slain Saudi journalist Khashoggi's children paid by kingdom, says report

Slain Saudi journalist Khashoggi's children paid by kingdom, says report

Khashoggi's four children have each been gifted homes worth as much as 15 million Saudi riyals (around $4 million), the source said.

Salah Khashoggi, son of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, receives a mourner offering condolences in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia November 16, 2018.

The homes and payments demonstrate an effort by the Saudi government to keep Khashoggi's family from speaking out against it in the wake of the brutal killing that took place at a Saudi consulate.

In the six months since Khashoggi's death in Istanbul, his two sons and daughters have refrained from publicly partaking in the global backlash that erupted in the aftermath of the prominent journalist's slaying.

In the six months since their father's death, Khashoggi family members have made few public appearances and have not commented on the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman's alleged involvement in the murder plot. The family are also receiving a monthly government salary of tens of thousands of dollars, the Post reported.

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But the AKP rejected analysis, saying "invalid votes and irregularities in most of the 12,158 polling stations in Ankara". But Istanbul has been in the hands of parties linked to Mr Erdogan since 1994, when he was elected the city's mayor.

They have blamed the murder on a group of rogue Saudi officials.

Saudi officials denied that the houses or payments were created to buy the Khashoggis' silence and said that it was a normal practice for the kingdom to support any citizens who had been through a tragedy. The others reside in the United States and are expected to sell their new Saudi properties.

The security chief for Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and current owner of The Washington Post, has openly accused the Saudi kingdom of hacking his phone in retaliation for the newspaper's coverage of Khashoggi's murder.

US intelligence agencies, relying in part on eavesdropping equipment placed in the Saudi Consulate by the Turkish government, have concluded that Khashoggi was strangled or smothered.

Thus far, President Donald Trump has done nothing to address the situation. The daughters have at times pushed to be more outspoken about their father's life and the kingdom's ruthlessness, while the brothers have focused on maximizing the amount of money the family will collect. The crown prince is the king's son and has had great power in the kingdom since 2017.

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