SAUDI ARABIA—The son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi says he and his siblings forgive their father’s killers.
Salah Khashoggi posted a statement on Twitter (the translation is below the tweet) Thursday night saying they pardon those who killed Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Turkey:
— salah khashoggi (@salahkhashoggi) May 21, 2020
In this blessed night of the blessed month [of Ramadan] we remember God’s saying: If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah. Therefore we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce pardoning those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty.
Khashoggi was at the Saudi consulate to get paperwork for his upcoming wedding when he was killed. His remains have never been found.
Khashoggi’s fiance also tweeted that his “heinous murder does not have a statute of limitations and no one has the right to pardon his killers.”
Jamal Khashoggi has become an international symbol bigger than any of us, admired and loved. His ambush and heinous murder does not have a statue of limitations and no one has the right to pardon his killers.
I and others will not stop until we get #JusticeForJamal (1/2) pic.twitter.com/hX0kFRPNvr
— Hatice Cengiz / خديجة (@mercan_resifi) May 22, 2020
The CIA and other foreign intelligence agencies concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi, who had openly criticized the de facto ruler of the oil-rich kingdom in his opinion articles for the Washington Post.
20 people have been charged for Khashoggi’s murder by the Istanbul prosecutor’s office.
Khashoggi received his elementary and secondary education in Saudi Arabia and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Indiana State University in the United States in 1982.