Controversial death of Saudi journalist triggered a storm in International community. Saudi Arabia had failed to return even dead body of Khashoggi. The sons of Jamal Khashoggi have asked Saudi authorities to return the body of their father so the family can properly grieve, they told US news channel in an interview that aired Sunday.
Khashoggi was allegedly killed inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul by a team sent from Riyadh on October 2, a murder Turkey’s president said was ordered from “the highest levels” of Saudi Arabia’s government.
“I really hope that whatever happened wasn’t painful for him, or it was quick. Or he had a peaceful death,” Abdullah Khashoggi told the US network during the interview in Washington.
His brother Salah said “all what we want right now is to bury him in Al Baqi in Medina with the rest of his family,” referencing a cemetery in Saudi Arabia. “I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon.”
Khashoggi’s sons voiced worry that the work of their father, a columnist for The Washington Post, was being distorted for political reasons. “I see a lot of people coming out right now and trying to claim his legacy and unfortunately some of them are using that in a political way that we totally don’t agree with,” Salah told. “My fear is that it’s being over politicised.” “Jamal was never a dissident. He believed in the monarchy, that it is the thing that is keeping the country together.”
The brothers said “There’s a lot of ups and downs. We’re trying to get the story — bits and pieces of the story to complete the whole picture,” Abdullah said. “It’s confusing and difficult.”
“It’s not a normal situation and not a normal death.” Salah emphasised that “the King has stressed that everybody will be brought to justice. And I have faith in that.”
The murdered journalist’s fiance meanwhile has called on United States President Donald Trump to back Turkey’s efforts to probe the death.
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21 August, 2019