We’ve forgiven our fathers killers - Slain journalist Khashoggi’s sons

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the country's consulate in Istanbul

The family of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has declared "forgiveness" for his killers, extending pardons to the accused, who faced execution in Saudi Arabia, as Muslims gear to celebrate the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

"On this virtuous night of this holy month, we recall what God Almighty said in his holy book: "The repayment of bad actions, is one equivalent to it, But whoever pardons and makes reconciliation, his reward lies with God".

Khashoggi's son Salah tweeted: "We, sons of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce that we forgive those who killed our father".

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference before his murder.

The brutal slaying happened in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Turkey, where he wa tortured, murdered and dismembered.

Saudi Arabia announced at the end of a year ago that five people have been sentenced to death for taking part in Khashoggi's murder. "No one has the right to pardon his killers", she wrote on Twitter. Although Washington decried the murder as well, US President Donald Trump fell short of mirroring the bans on arms sales or blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman for the murder. His remains have not been found.

"Other legal procedures by the state continue".

That finding was in line with the Saudi government's official explanation of Khashoggi's slaying, which has been called into question internationally.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sits next to a Saudi flag wearing a keffiyeh
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud's image was tarnished by Jamal Khashoggi's death

Two senior officials who were implicated in the killing, including Saud al-Qahtani, the crown prince's media adviser, were cleared of wrongdoing, prosecutors said.

The suspects were put on trial in secretive proceedings which were condemned by rights groups and the United Nations.

Salah Khashoggi tweeted a statement forgiving his murderers, while human rights activists accuse the Saudi government of trying to shutter the case.

Last year, the Washington Post reported that Khashoggi's children had received homes and monthly payments as compensation for the killing of their father.

The December verdict, condemned by human rights groups as a travesty of justice, underscored Saudi efforts to draw a line under the crisis as it seeks to reboot its worldwide image ahead of this year's G20 summit in Riyadh.

However, Salah Khashoggi said of the December verdict: "It has been fair to us and that justice has been achieved".

The prince has denied any involvement in the murder, but has said he took "full responsibility as a leader in Saudi Arabia, especially since it was committed by individuals working for the Saudi government". Three others were acquitted, according to the public prosecutor.

Both aides were part of Prince Mohammed's tight-knit inner circle and were formally sacked over the killing, but only Assiri appeared in the court hearings, according to Western sources.

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