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

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

The children of Jamal Khashoggi have received property worth millions of dollars as a one-time compensation and huge monthly allowances for the killing of the Saudi journalist, a source has said.

Khashoggi, a former columnist at the Washington Post who wrote critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.

Khashoggi's two sons and two daughters were all given houses in the coastal of Jeddah worth around $4 million (£3 million) each and are receiving monthly payments of $10,000 or more. "It's "part of 'blood money" negotiations that are expected to ensue when the trials of Khashoggi's accused killers are completed in the coming months".

An unidentified Saudi official, however, said the payments are consistent with the kingdom's custom to provide financial support to victims of violent crime. Three of Khashoggi's children are now in the USA, while his eldest son is reportedly still based in Saudi Arabia.

The Post said that it's clear these are part of an effort by the Saudis to reach an "arrangement" with the family members that they continue to show restraint in speaking out about the death of their father. Abdullah and his two sisters are still in the United States and have no intention of returning to live in the homes given to them in Saudi.

In October, the Saudi government released photos of Salah shaking hands with Mohammed, an image that was meant to show the crown prince offering condolences but was widely seen as an indication of the coercive power the royal family was exerting on Mr Khashoggi's children.

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The Saudi government didn't respond to multiple requests for comment Tuesday.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 operatives they say were involved in Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Khashoggi's second son, Abdullah, declined to comment when reached Monday. US President Donald Trump has remained neutral on the issue, saying, "Maybe he did, maybe he didn't".

As Khashoggi's murder dominated the news cycle months ago, Smith criticized the USA relationship with Saudi Arabia and he revisited the issue this afternoon.

Khashoggi's children have disagreed on how to protect their father's legacy, according sources close to the family. Eleven people are on trial in Saudi Arabia, though the exact details of the charges are not known.

Saudi Arabia executed 120 people past year despite Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shaping himself as a reformer.