Jamal Khashoggi son denies settlement with Saudi government

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RIYADH: The son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Wednesday denied reports that a settlement was made between his family and the Saudi government over the scribe’s murder.

 

Jamal’s son Salah Khashoggi said that his father's murder is underway. No such settlement was discussed currently or before.

"Currently, the trial is taking place and no settlement discussion had been or is discussed. The people who committed the crime and who are involved in it will be brought to justice and face punishment," read a statement posted to Salah Khashoggi's verified Twitter account.

“We understand the urge to know what transpired regarding this case. We will be sharing the developments soon as they are legally admissible and allowed”, the statement read.

“ There are no friends, consultants or any third party authorised to speak on our behalf or claim to be a source of information except for us”, he added.

On April 1, the Washington Post had reported Khashoggi's children had received multimillion-dollar homes and were being paid thousands of dollars per month by authorities.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, went missing on October 2 after stepping into Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to collect documents which would allow him to marry fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

His fiancee, who was waiting outside the consulate, raised an alarm after Khashoggi failed to re-emerge from the consulate.

After few weeks, Riyadh accepted the fact that the group of 15 Saudi "rogue" agents killed Khashoggi, leading to an international furore and complicating the already delicate relations between Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the US.

US officials believe that Khashoggi's murder was ordered by the Saudi crown prince.

However, Saudi Arabia had rejected all the allegation against Crown Prince and added that it is committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice.

 

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