Khashoggi's family forgives his killers, but will the world forget the Saudi scandal? | TheHill

Khashoggi's family forgives his killers, but will the world forget the Saudi scandal? | TheHill

The saga of the murdered Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi looks as though it is coming to an end. Early Friday morning in Riyadh, his son, Salah, tweeted: “... whoever pardons and makes reconciliations, his reward lies with God. ...Thus, we ... announce that we forgive those who killed our father.” The timing of the tweet “on this virtuous night of this holy month” — the fasting month of Ramadan, which ends this weekend with the festival of Eid — fits in with Islamic tradition. From an American point of view, on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, some may think of it as burying bad (controversial) news. Perhaps coincidentally, the conclusion of the trial of the Saudi security team that murdered Khashoggi in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018 was announced Dec. 23, just before the Christmas holiday. The Khashoggi family’s public pardon likely will mean the end of the death sentences for five Saudi security agents. Another three members of the team received prison terms totaling 24 years. In the Saudi legal tradition, names of accused are not revealed, but the U.S., European Union and Turkey have sanctioned a total of 23 individuals. The five sentenced to death are thought to include the team leader, the pathologist who carved up Khashoggi’s body with a bone saw, and the body double who dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes so “he” could be seen exiting the consulate and vanishing in the streets of the city. Unlike fiction, there remain loose ends in ...
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