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Khashoggi’s children paid millions of dollars as compensation: report

April 4, 2019

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The children of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may receive tens of millions of dollars and houses as compensation for the assassination of their father, according to the Washington Post.

They have received all of this in an effort to settle the issue outside court, a Saudi official told the Post.

Khashoggi’s children are said to have been offered million-dollar houses in the Saudi kingdom, along with five-figure payments as compensation for their father’s murder.

Related: Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

Khashoggi, a prominent journalist and a Washington Post columnist, often criticised the Saudi government. He was assassinated at his country’s consulate in Istanbul six months ago.

King Salman reportedly approved the decision to offer houses and monthly payments of $10,000 or more to Khashoggi’s two sons and two daughters, said officials on condition of anonymity. A former Saudi official described the compensation as an acknowledgement that “a big injustice has been done” and it is Saudi Arabia’s attempt “to make a wrong right.”

Related: Khashoggi’s killing wasn’t a botched rendition attempt but premeditated murder: CNN

The compensation package has yet to be officially announced. The officials said the Saudi government has offered the payments as a long-term arrangement with Khashoggi family members, to ensure that they continue exercising caution in delivering public statements against the rulers.

The Saudi government had ordered investigations against 21 people involved in the case. Prosecutors have asked for death penalty of the five officials who were in the consulate when Khashoggi was killed. One of them is Maher Mutreb, a former colonel in the Saudi intelligence service.

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