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Death Sentence Khashoggi Killers to be Commuted?

Sons of murdered Saudi journalist Khashoggi 'forgive' killers | Dawn - Pakistan |

Khashoggi -- a royal family insider turned critic -- was killed and dismembered at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, in a case that tarnished the reputation of de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

His family's pardon could spare the lives of five unnamed people sentenced to death over the murder in a December court ruling that exonerated two top aides to the crown prince.

"On this holy night of this blessed month (of Ramadan)... we the sons of martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce we forgive and pardon those who killed our father," the Washington Post columnist's son Salah Khashoggi said on Twitter.

Saudi authorities did not immediately comment on the legal ramifications of the announcement from Salah, who resides in the kingdom and has denied reports of a financial settlement with the government.

"What this essentially means is that the killers will avoid capital punishment since that is a right the family (under sharia law) has to forgive," Ali Shihabi, a Saudi author and analyst close to the government said on Twitter.

Khashoggi's sons forgive Saudi killers, sparing 5 execution | Hürriyet Daily News |

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 07:36:03 PM EST
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Jamal Khashoggi's son Salah says family 'forgives' killers | Al Jazeera |

In the statement, posted on Friday, Salah Khashoggi said his family pardons those who took the reporter's life in 2018 when he visited Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

"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."

"Therefore, we the sons of the Martyr Jamal Khashoggi announce that we pardon those who killed our father, seeking reward God almighty" he added.

A Parody of Justice

Trump thanks Saudis on Twitter after absolving prince of Khashoggi killing | Chicago Tribune - Nov. 21, 2018 |

Khashoggi sons' pardon is step towards killers' release, says UN investigator | The Guardian |

by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 07:54:11 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri May 22nd, 2020 at 07:55:25 PM EST
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The War Nerd: How Many Dead Yemeni Nobodies Does It Take To Equal 1 WaPo Contributor?
But the thing is, that wasn't the bloodiest mess MbS and the Kingdom were involved in. And Khashoggi wasn't the only maimed body left in the wake of MbS's "reform" policies.

Not by a loooooong shot. There was this other thing going on: The Saudi-led invasion and blockade of NW Yemen, the mostly Shia highland provinces of Yemen. That bloody massacre started in March 2015, and it's been killing untold (and I do mean "untold") hundreds of thousands since then.

How many people have died horrible deaths in Yemen since 2015? The official sources like WaPo and NYT and BBC used to fix on a static figure: 10,000 dead.

Everyone laughed at that one. Every knew it had to be much, much higher, but that just annoyed our news sources of record. So they tried fudging the numbers with the face-saving formula "at least" 10,000, but even buzzards sometimes gag, and people got sick of hearing such an obvious callous lie.

So by now, how many Yemeni Shia nobodies are dead? How many inconvenient corpses, disproportionately children (because they're always the first to die in a famine) are buried, untold, in that rocky ground?

Nobody even tries very hard to guess anymore, because nobody in the Western media is interested.

by Bernard on Sat Jun 13th, 2020 at 04:59:16 PM EST
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Sounds like somebody made them an offer they couldn't refuse.
by rifek on Sun May 31st, 2020 at 08:20:53 PM EST
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