- Jamal Khashoggi killers are likely to get legal reprieve.
- His fiancée does not support the move to pardon his killers.
- The US keeps mum about the Saudi Kingdom’s misdeeds.
Dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s sons have pardoned his killers. Khashoggi’s fiancée, however, has not. According to a statement issued by his son, Salah Khashoggi, forgiveness is important because it leads to reconciliation. His full statement via Twitter reads as follows.
“On this very blessed night of this very blessed month [of Ramadan], we remember God almighty’s saying in his holy book: ‘If you forgive and you make reconciliation, the reward is due from God. Therefore, we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty”
Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz has, however, countered, and said that the move subverts justice. She holds the view that those involved in Khashoggi’s murder should face justice. Of course, the homicide was widely considered to be a state-sanctioned crime whose main orchestrators might never be punished.
Five convicts, who have so far remained anonymous, were sentenced to death in December by a Saudi court for their planning and involvement in his murder. The announcement by Khashoggi’s sons means that they will get legal reprieve. This is in accordance with sharia law.
A slew of reports by US intelligence agencies have pointed to Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, also known as MBS, as the person who ordered the journalist’s execution. No charges have ever been brought against him. Western jurisdictions, including the United States government, have traditionally kept mum about the misdeeds of the Saudi kingdom.
This is because the administration is a crucial ally in the Middle East region. The Saudi government is additionally a key investor in American corporations, and buys military equipment worth billions almost every few years. As such, severing the Saudi relationship wouldn’t make much sense trade-wise.
US Government Hides Saudi Involvement in 9/11
A recent error, made in a court filing submitted by the FBI, revealed that the Saudi government might have been involved in the 9/11 attack that led to the death of over 2,500 people. According to the recent accidental revelation, a Saudi diplomat allegedly supported two of the hijackers involved in the attacks.
Michael Isikoff, the chief investigative journalist at Yahoo News, said that it was easily apparent that the naming of the official, Mussaed Ahmed al-Jarrah, was a mistake. According to the journalist, the US government has gone to extreme lengths to prevent information related to Saudi Arabia’s involvement from getting out.
The classified information qualifies as a national security matter. The recent unintended disclosure raised many questions about Saudi Arabia’s role in the 9/11 events.
The FBI document, which had been made public, was redacted after the Yahoo News Network contacted the Department of Justice. The agency confirmed that the document had been incorrectly filed. Some human activists have claimed that the latest declaration by Jamal Khashoggi’s sons means that they may be under pressure from the state to forgive the murderers.