The children of the late Saudi Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi have been given million-dollar houses and monthly five-figure payments by people in the Middle East as compensation for the death of their father.
According to the Post, current and former Saudi officials and those close to the family, Khashoggi’s four children received much larger payouts, possibly even totally tens of millions each in payments. It’s “part of ‘blood money” negotiations that are expected to ensue when the trials of Khashoggi’s accused killers are completed in the coming months.”
The Post said that it’s clear these are part of an effort by the Saudis to reach an “arrangement” with the family members that they continue to show restraint in speaking out about the death of their father. The children have held back on criticizing the country and its leaders, while global outrage reached a boiling point.
“The delivery of homes and monthly payments of $10,000 or more to each sibling were approved late last year by King Salman as part of what one former official described as an acknowledgment that ‘a big injustice has been done’ and an attempt ‘to make a wrong right,'” The Post said.
The royal family is also using their wealth to help soften the backlash after the brutal murder and dismemberment of the reporter.
A Saudi official passed it off as part of a history of paying off victims of violent crime or natural disasters.
Thus far, President Donald Trump has done nothing to address the situation.