Manama: The family of Saudi slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi has denied reports that they had discussed blood money settlements with anyone.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Salah, the son of Jamal, said the family they had not authorized anyone to speak on their behalf and that they and their lawyer Moatsem Khashoggi were the only sources of information.
The family was reacting to reports that claimed that Khashoggi’s four adult children had been given multimillion-dollar homes and monthly payments of $10,000 to $15,000 a month each.
Describing Jamal as “a respectable journalist and a patriotic Saudi citizen,” the family said that “the recent attempts to smear his legacy and draw friction are ill and immoral.”
“The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman are considered and regarded as guardians to all Saudis,” the tweet said.
“Acts of generosity and humanity come from the high moral grounds they possess, not admission of guilt or scandal. We, Jamal Khashoggi’s family, were brought up by our parents to thank acts of good, not to disavow.”
The family said they understood “the urge to know what transpired regardless of the case,” and pledged they would be “sharing the developments as soon as they are legally admissible and allowed.”
But it insisted that no report could attribute to friends or consultants alleged statements made by the family.
“There are no friends, consultants or any third party authorized to speak on our behalf or claim to be a source of information except us, Jamal’s children and Mr. Motasem Khashoggi, our attorney.”
The allegations about the multi-million-dollar homes and monthly payments were attributed to “a person close to the family and a former Saudi official familiar with the arrangement.”
The statement said the family was focusing on the trial and expressed confidence in the course of justice, urging whoever had details that could assist in any way to come forward.
“Currently, the trial is taking place and so settlement discussion had been or is discussed. The people who committed and were involved in this crime will all be brought to justice and face punishment,” the family said.
“Any information or evidence pertaining to the case is welcomed and encouraged to be brought forward by the righteous. Assisting in justice is a sacred and good act that can only be met with respect and admiration. We believe with such pure and honest acts and intentions that Jamal Khashoggi and his family truly obtain justice.”
Jamal Khashoggi was killed on October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he was reportedly seeking official documents.
Saudi Arabia launched an investigation into the killing and indicted 11 people, but the probe is continuing.
The public prosecutor called for the death penalty for five of the defendants.