RIYADH:- Six months into the state-sponsored murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a new report reveals that his four children have received multi-million dollar homes and are being paid thousands of dollars a month by the kingdom in an apparent attempt to hush up the gruesome assassination.
The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi had been a columnist, reported on Monday that the payments to the slain Saudi critics two sons and two daughters were meant for them to show restraint in public statements about the murder, which is reported to have been ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The payments are part of an effort by Saudi Arabia to reach a long-term arrangement with Khashoggi family members, aimed in part at ensuring that they continue to show restraint in their public statements, the report said.
It also noted that Khashoggis children each received houses in the port city of Jeddah worth up to $4 million.
In addition, the children are getting $10,000 or more per month and may also receive larger payments that could amount to tens of millions of dollars each, the report added.
One source told The Washington Post that King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved the payments to Khashoggis family late last year in a bid to acknowledge that a big injustice has been done and to make a wrong right.
Salah bin Jamal Khashoggi, the son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, met and shook hands with Saudi King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday.
Khashoggi a late but vocal critic of bin Salman was killed and his body was dismembered by a Saudi hit squad after being lured into the kingdoms consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, 2018.
His fate was unknown for several weeks, until Saudi Arabia confirmed under rising international pressure that he had been murdered at the diplomatic mission.
Riyadh, however, has attempted to shift the blame to bin Salmans underlings and away from the prince himself. It has not produced Khashoggis body to this day.
The administration of US President Donald Trump has sided with the Saudi regime in the scandal, despite a conclusion by the CIA that Prince Mohammed personally ordered the murder a development first reported by The Washington Post.
The Washington Post says the CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
In an opinion piece published on Monday, the newspaper said Trump has so far done nothing to hold those responsible for the killing accountable.
The US president, the article read, has shied away from criticizing bin Salman and taking any action against the kingdom other than placing sanctions on the 17 individuals implicated in the murder.
In this impotent response, Trump isnt just violating the law. He is also undermining the credibility and moral authority of the United States, it said. Another six months cannot pass without accountability for this abhorrent crime. Justice for an innocent journalist and Americas most crucial interests require nothing less.
Bin Salman and the coordinator of the murder operation, Saud al-Qahtani, have enjoyed freedom from repercussions, according to the article.
Mohammed bin Salman has jetted around the world, high-fiving Russian President Vladimir Putin, getting chummy with China, and rubbing elbows with other world leaders as part of a global tour to rehabilitate his reputation, it added.
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