The children of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were given million-dollar houses and large monthly payments as “blood money” by the Middle Eastern country in compensation for the killing of their father.
“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” the Washington Post reported.
The houses given to the Khashoggi children are located in the port city of Jeddah and are worth up to $4m, the newspaper reported.
In addition to the properties, the children are receiving $10,000 or more per month and may also receive larger payments that could amount to tens of millions of dollars each, according to the report.
Khashoggi – a contributor to the Post and a critic of the Saudi government – was killed and dismembered in October at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body has not been recovered.
Despite his slaying and reports that the Saudi government was integrally involved in his death, Khashoggi’s children have refrained from making public statements condemning the government. In November, Khashoggi’s two daughters, Noha Khashoggi and Razan Jamal Khashoggi, wrote a story in the Washington Post about their father’s death, but did criticize the Saudi Government for the killing.
The homes and the monthly payments of $10,000 or more were approved by King Salman as an effort “to make a wrong right.”