Khashoggi children get compensation from Saudi government after father's slaying: report

The children of slain journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi have received monthly five-figure payments and million-dollar homes in Saudi Arabia from the kingdom's government as compensation for the killing of their father, The Washington Post reported Monday.

The Post, citing current and former Saudi Arabian officials as well as members of Khashoggi's family, reported that its late columnists' two sons and two daughters are receiving the payments as part of an effort by Saudi Arabia to ensure that they are restrained in public statements about the killing.

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Khashoggi killed by Saudi operatives last year in the nation's Istanbul consulate, and it is widely believed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the slaying, though the crown prince has denied those charges.

The children each received houses worth up to $4 million each, according to the Post.

The newspaper also reported they may receive future payments up to tens of millions of dollars apiece as part of ongoing negotiations with the Saudi government, noting that the children have not harshly criticized the Saudi government in the months since the killing. 

One source told the Post that King Salman approved the payments late last year in an effort to acknowledge that “a big injustice has been done” and attempt “to make a wrong right.”

A Saudi official denied to the Post that the compensation was being given in an effort to urge the children to stay silent, saying instead that the payments are in line with the country's tradition of providing support to victims of crimes.

“Such support is part of our custom and culture,” the official told the newspaper. “It is not attached to anything else.”