Khashoggi sons say they have faith in King Salman to ensure justice is served

Jamal Khsahoggi’s sons Abdullah (L) and Salah (R) said they hope their father did not suffer. (Screengrab)
Updated 05 November 2018
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Khashoggi sons say they have faith in King Salman to ensure justice is served

  • The brothers say they have faith in King Salman's promise that justice will be served
  • Brothers say they want to bury their father with the rest of the family

DUBAI: The sons of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have said they have faith in Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s promise that those responsible will be brought to justice.

Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Salah Khashoggi said: “The King has stressed that everybody will be brought to justice. And I have faith in that.”

The Washington Post columnist disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey, it was later revealed that he had been murdered and 18 Saudi officials were arrested.

“I really hope that whatever happened wasn’t painful for him, or it was quick. Or he had a peaceful death,” Salah’s brother, Abdullah told the US network during the interview in Washington.

“All what we want right now is to bury him in Al-Baqi in Medina with the rest of his family,” Salah added.

“I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon.”

There has been widespread speculation about the events leading to the death of Khashoggi, most of which has since been retracted.

“I see a lot of people coming out right now and trying to claim his legacy and unfortunately some of them are using that in a political way that we totally don't agree with,” Salah told CNN. "My fear is that it’s being over politicized.”

“Jamal was never a dissident. He believed in the monarchy, that it is the thing that is keeping the country together.”

The brothers said they trying to piece together an understanding of their father’s death.

“There’s a lot of ups and downs.... We’re trying to get the story - bits and pieces of the story to complete the whole picture,” Abdullah said. “It’s confusing and difficult.”

“It’s not a normal situation and not a normal death.”

This is the CNN interview in full:


Saudi-based interfaith center calls for concerted efforts to check intolerance

Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar.(SPA)
Updated 5 min 46 sec ago
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Saudi-based interfaith center calls for concerted efforts to check intolerance

  • Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar said this phenomenon will only disappear through the concerted efforts of individuals and organizations to promote dialogue and tolerance

RIYADH: The world is headed for more extreme forms of terrorism, in the wake of the attacks against Muslim worshippers in New Zealand, and against Jews in Pittsburgh in the US, said the secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID).
This type of terrorism is supported by some elected figures from hard-line political parties who support and market extremism through their official channels, taking advantage of the freedoms that govern Western countries, said Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar.
KAICIID presents religion as part of the solution, not the source of the problem, he added. In the West, separation of religion and state, and rejection of religion as part of the solution, have “resulted in failed treatments no less dangerous than the failure of military attempts to combat terrorism,” he said.
“Throughout these attempts and initiatives, which have been accompanied by an escalation of media and political extremist campaigns against Islam and Muslims, as well as other religious and ethnic minorities, Western societies have witnessed growth in populist movements and a rise in the popularity of extreme right-wing parties, which found in the hatred of Islam, Muslims and immigrants fertile ground to gain popular support and realize political interests.”
What happened in New Zealand reflects the emergence of a wider phenomenon that KAICIID has long warned against, bin Muammar said.
He said this phenomenon will only disappear through the concerted efforts of individuals and organizations to promote dialogue and tolerance. In addition to that, he added, there is a need enact laws to criminalize actions against Muslims and followers of other religions similar to the laws formed to check anti-Semitism.