Slain Saudi journalist Khashoggi's children receive thousands of dollars by kingdom

Slain Saudi journalist Khashoggi's children receive thousands of dollars by kingdom

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

Khashoggi's four children have "received million-dollar houses in the kingdom and monthly five-figure payments", current and former Saudi officials as well as people close to the family told The Washington Post.

The recently disclosed payments are reportedly part of an ongoing arrangement between the Khashoggi family and Saudi Arabia, by which the kingdom has endeavored to curb the siblings' public statements regarding the killing of their father by Saudi operatives, according to The Washington Post.

On October 2 a year ago, Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Eldest son Salah Khashoggi is the only one of the siblings who still lives in Saudi Arabia. "Even after irrefutable evidence came to light showing the Saudis had lied about Khashoggi's death, Trump proclaimed Mohammed bin Salman a "great ally" and protested that the crown prince might well be innocent", the article pointed out, criticizing Trump for his support of MBS. In December, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution condemning Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Khashoggi's murder.

Khashoggi, a Virginia resident and Washington Post columnist, had four adult children, at least two of whom are US citizens.

Looking ahead, the Saudi leadership would like nothing more than to bury the Khashoggi saga and move forward in working closely with the U.S. when it comes to the kingdom's economic transformation as well as Riyadh's and Washington's shared objectives in the region, particularly with respect to countering Iranian influence.

- In addition to the one-time compensation payment, they would also keep receiving monthly allowances, a source said.

The family of the murdered Saudi journalist stands to receive in total more than $70 million and assets, CNN reports.

"The elephant in the room is the United States's failure to stand up alongside other democratic governments condemning what has happened in the Khashoggi case and demanding the Saudi government be more open and respect global standards of justice", he said referring to US President Donald Trump's support for Saudi Arabia and the crown prince.

The ultra-conservative kingdom has one of the world s highest execution rates, with those convicted of terrorism, homicide, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking facing the death penalty.

The Saudi government said the royals had delivered their personal condolences to Khashoggi's grieving son and brother.

Saudi Arabia has not discloses the names of those accused or the details of the charges or evidence against them. A guilty verdict could create the potential appearance of more severe punishment for obedient officers who carried out the operation than for more senior officials who ordered it - a group that may include the crown prince himself. In February, he refused to provide the US Congress with a report determining who killed Khashoggi.

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