Khashoggi's children forgive men convicted of killing their father, likely sparing them

Khashoggi's children forgive men convicted of killing their father, likely sparing them
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The children of Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist killed in 2018 inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey, have publicly forgiven the people convicted for the crime, likely sparing the five government agents from the death penalty.

"On this virtuous night of [Ramadan], we recall the words of God Almighty ... whoever pardons and makes reconciliations, his reward is from Allah," read the Twitter statement from Salah Khashoggi, the columnist's eldest son. 


The statement was released on Laylit el Qader, or Night of Power, which is holiest day in Islam, the night before Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan. 

"So we, the sons of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce that we have pardoned [those] who killed our father," the family added in the statement.

The five government agents were convicted of Khashoggi’s murder in December 2019 and sentenced to death.

Per Saudi law, a pardon from a son of a murder victim serves as a legal reprieve, according to CNN. The families of the convicted now owe the Khashoggi family blood money.


Agnes Callamard, the United Nations rapporteur for extrajudicial executions, who led a high-profile investigation into Khashoggi's murder, said the family’s pardon is "the final act of the parody of justice."

“While shocking, today’s announcement that the family of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has forgiven his killers, was anticipated,” she said in a Facebook post. “All of us who, over the last 20 months, have reported on the gruesome execution of Jamal Khashoggi, and absence of accountability for his killing, expected this.”

Saudi Arabia's government has been blamed for the killing of Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the government. 

It has described the killing as being a rogue operation, but this has been greeted with some skepticism. 

Officials with the Saudi government initially said Khashoggi had left the consulate in Istanbul on his own, but it is believed he was killed and dismembered on the property.