FAST FIVE: Khashoggi's Children 'Pardon' Father's Killers, Which Means All Could Get Off Free
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting with Salah Khashoggi in October 2018, via AFP.
Those ordering the hit, which subsequent CIA and UN investigations found went straight to the top – no less than MbS himself – have gotten off scot-free. Needless to say this appears all too convenient, and all couched in religious garb: “In this blessed night of the blessed month (of Ramadan) we remember God's saying: If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah,” Khashoggi's son Salah Khashoggi said Friday “Therefore, we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty” he added.
It certainly has the whiff of an orchestrated state-PR campaign with MbS as the ultimate beneficiary. Likely political leaders in the West, back in MbS' pocket, will consider to “pardon” ultimately “good enough”.
#SaudiArabia #USA Jamal Khashoggi's son Salah says family 'forgives' killers @AJENews https://t.co/wWX863pMO5 – Elijah J.
Magnier (@ejmalrai) May 22, 2020 As we underscored last year, it'll be business as usual again: A year later we now know more about the Saudi state-sanctioned murder, with comprehensive investigative reports by the UN and CIA pointing the finger directly at MbS for ordering the grizzly hit and dismemberment, and though last year's “Davos in the Desert” was boycotted by a number of high profile companies and CEOs, this year's MbS-hosted investment forum in Riyadh appears business as usual once again, a mere one short year later. .