Saturday, 28 November 2020 | 00:02 WIB

Saudi Arabia Give Khashoggi’s Children Expensive Houses and Millions of Dollars

Jamal Khashoggi, Wasihington Post Journalist and Columnist (special)

RIYADH, NETRALNEWS.COM -- Children of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi have reportedly received millions of dollars worth of money and houses from the Saudi government in compensation for their father's murder.

The compensation for a large amount of money and luxury homes was reported by The Washington Post on Monday (1/4/2019).

Jamal Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi government. He was killed in October 2018 by a Saudi operations team in the state embassy in Istanbul, Turkey. The murder sparked global protests from human rights activists and others and made some countries and businesses distance themselves from the Saudi kingdom.

Business Insider reported that Saudi Arabia admitted the killings in October and said it had fired five high-ranking officials and arrested 18 Saudis involved as part of an initial investigation into the killings.

However, the trial of the 11 remaining suspects has been shrouded in secrecy, and the names of the defendants and allegations against them have not been publicly disclosed. It is not known whether the body of Khashoggi has been found.

Sources told The Washington Post that Khashoggi's two sons and two daughters had received millions of dollars worth of houses in Saudi Arabia along with "monthly five-digit payments" after their father's death.

The children can also receive more than millions of dollars in what is said by sources from The Washington Post that cannot be named "blood money" because the trial of alleged killers is expected to be completed in the coming months.

Saudi officials said that the arrangement was part of the Saudi government's efforts to reach a long-term agreement with the Khashoggi family and to ensure that they dampened their public statements about the impending Khashoggi.

Meanwhile, other Saudi officials denied that payments were made due to a certain agenda, and said that it was part of the Kingdom's "customs and culture" which offered financial support to victims of violent crime.

In the six months since the death of their father, members of the Khashoggi family have made several appearances in public and have not commented on the alleged involvement of the crown prince in the murder plot.

In October 2018, Khashoggi's eldest son, Salah, was photographed shaking hands with Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who was widely suspected of arranging the murder.

In November, Khashoggi's two sons publicly spoke to CNN for the first time after their father's death, issued an emotional plea to restore their father's body while asking the Saudi government to bring those involved in the murder to justice.

That same month, Khashoggi's two daughters wrote op-ed for The Washington Post where they praised their father's legacy but did not criticize the Saudi government or alleged involvement in Khashoggi's death.