The children of Jamal Khashoggi, the slain Saudi-American journalist, were given million-dollar houses and large monthly payments as "blood money" by the Middle Eastern country in compensation for the killing of their father, a report said Monday.
They are also being given payments of at least $10,000 per month with an additional payment totalling tens of millions of dollars apiece to be made once the trial of Khashoggi's alleged killers is completed.
His four children - two sons and two daughters - have each been given houses in Jeddah worth up to $4million each, it has been claimed.
The three other children, who live in the United States, are expected to sell their new properties.
The former official said that the crown prince's father, King Salman, had ordered the payments shortly after he first learned that Saudi agents had ambushed and killed Khashoggi, and that the payments were intended as a form of financial support, without conditions, that would continue indefinitely.
The report said that at one point in the weeks after his father's death, Abdullah Khashoggi told advisers working with the family that he wanted to punish the royal court by going after one of the Crown Prince's prized possessions.
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In an exclusive interview with CNN in November, the two brothers described their father as "courageous, generous and very fearless", and issued an emotional appeal for the return of their father's body, which was never found.
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Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, was dismembered in October 2018 by a team of Saudi operatives inside the country's embassy in Istanbul.
"The Saudi Arabian authorities' ongoing trial of 11 suspects lacks credibility and transparency". What remains to be seen is which strategies MBS will pursue to recover the goodwill he lost in Washington after the world learned of Khashoggi's fate.
But the Khashoggi family members also have felt pressure to refrain from criticizing the rulers of the kingdom, several people close to them have said, driven in part by fear of official retaliation against relatives still inside the kingdom.
He reminded viewers of the horrific details surrounding Khashoggi's murder and the scrutiny surrounding the Saudi crown prince. It would be a mistake to presume that the Khashoggi family has much choice in accepting the compensation.
Saudi authorities were also "applying secrecy in the trial process" and ignoring global standards of justice, he said.