Saudis pay murder victims' kids

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 3 Apr 2019

The children of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received multi-million-dollar homes and are being paid thousands of dollars per month by the kingdom's authorities, reports The Washington Post.

Khashoggi - a contributor to the Post and a critic of the Saudi government - was killed and dismembered in October at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents linked with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The payments to his four children - two sons and two daughters - "are part of an effort by Saudi Arabia to reach a long-term arrangement with Khashoggi family members, aimed in part at ensuring that they continue to show restraint in their public statements," the Post said.

The houses given to the Khashoggi children are in the port city of Jeddah and are worth up to US$4 million (HK$31.2 million). The children are receiving US$10,000 or more per month.

Saudi Arabia blamed rogue agents for his death. Its public prosecutor has charged 11 people.

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