Saudis paying for Khashoggi’s children

Agency News

The children of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, murdered in Ankara, have received multimillion-dollar homes and are being paid thousands of dollars per month by the kingdom’s authorities.

A contributor to the US newspaper Washington Post and a critic of the Saudi government, Khashaoggi was killed and dismembered in October at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul by 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body has not been recovered.

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', a report said.

The houses given to the Khashoggi children are located in Jeddah and are worth up to 4 m dollars, it was reported. Salah, the eldest, plans to continue living in the kingdom, while the others, who live in the United States, are expected to sell the homes.

In addition, the children are receiving 10,000 dollars or more per month and may also receive larger payments that could amount to tens of millions of dollars each, according to the report.

The powerful Saudi  prince, Mohammed bin Salman, had been accused of orchestrating the newsman's  killing, but the kingdom has claimed that the prince was not involved. Saudi Arabia initially said it had no knowledge of Khashoggi’s fate but later blamed rogue agents for his death.

Its public prosecutor has charged 11 people over his murder.