Saudi Arabia gives murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s children houses, monthly payments

Saudi Arabia gives murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s children houses, monthly payments

Photos released by the Saudi government in October showed a stone-faced Salah Khashoggi shaking hands with bin Salman, in what was widely perceived as an orchestrated opportunity for Khashoggi's eldest son to show deference to the Saudi royal family.

The homes and the monthly payments of $10,000 or more were approved by King Salman, according to the Washington Post, who said one official described the payments as an effort "to make a wrong right". The others reside in the United States and are expected to sell their new Saudi properties.

The payments, officials told the daily, are "blood money" to convince Khashoggi's family to avoid criticising the Saudi government when speaking about his murder. Turkish investigators believe that Khashoggi's remains were dissolved in acid and poured down the drain of the Saudi consulate.

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US intelligence agencies, relying in part on eavesdropping equipment placed in the Saudi Consulate by the Turkish government, have concluded that Khashoggi was strangled or smothered. Its public prosecutor has charged 11 people over his murder.

The family could also receive tens of millions of dollars in "blood money" payments following the trial of Khashoggi's alleged killers in Riyadh.

The kingdom is trying to come to a long-term understanding with the Khashoggi family members to encourage them to continue to refrain from criticism in relation to their father's killing by Saudi agents, the paper reported on Monday.

A current Saudi official compared the arrangement to royal payments to the families of soldiers killed in battle or to Saudis killed in a natural disaster. They include Maher Mutreb, a former colonel in the Saudi intelligence service who knew Khashoggi when both worked in London at the Saudi Embassy.

It is unclear whether Khashoggi's children would be required to forgive or absolve the killers to collect the payments.

October, in the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul was murdered.

Khashoggi's children have disagreed on how to protect their father's legacy, according sources close to the family. The crown prince is the next in line to the Saudi throne after his ailing father King Salman, and has become the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia. The properties are part of an initial settlement and are worth as much as $4m apiece, the Post reported.

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

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