To compensate for the killing of their father, children of late Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have reportedly received million-dollar houses in the kingdom and monthly payments.
The Washington post reported that Khassogi’s two sons and daughters were given houses in Jeddah worth as much as $4 million each as part of a preliminary settlement and they are also receiving five-figure monthly payments.
There are speculations that this is a move by Saudi Arabia to ensure that Khashoggi family members continue to show restraint in their public statements about the killing of their father by Saudi operatives in Istanbul last October.
Despite the brutal killing of their father, the Khashoggi siblings have refrained from any harsh criticism of the kingdom, amongst global outrage and widespread condemnation of the heir to the Saudi throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The kingdom however denied the suggestion that the Khashoggi family would be obligated to remain silent due to the compensation.
According to a Saudi official, the payments are consistent with the country’s practice of providing financial support to victims of violent crime or natural disasters.
“Such support is part of our custom and culture, It is not attached to anything else,” the official said.