‘Blood money!’ Jamal Khashoggi’s children received millions of dollars’

The children of Jamal Khashoggi have received millions of dollars’ worth of property, one-off payments and large monthly allowances as compensation for the killing of the Saudi journalist, a source familiar with the matter told CNN last week.

The family could also receive tens of millions of dollars in “blood money” payments following the trial of Khashoggi’s alleged killers in Riyadh. All told, the family could stand to collect more than $70 million in cash and assets, the source estimated. The Saudi government would contend that these payments are intended to make amends, but the expectation is that in exchange for the money, they won’t publicly criticize the royal family over Khashoggi’s death, the source said.

Khashoggi’s four children have each been gifted homes worth as much as 15 million Saudi riyals (around $4 million), the source said. Salah, who as the eldest son handles the family’s relations with the government, has been given a large home in Jeddah, where he works as a banker. 

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His brother, Abdullah, and two sisters have been given houses together in a different compound. In addition to the property, Khashoggi’s four children each received a one-time payment of 1 million riyals ($267,000) and will each receive a monthly stipend of $10,000 to $15,000, which could continue indefinitely, according to the source. The houses, one-off payments and monthly allowances were approved by Saudi King Salman, the source said. 

The Washington Post, where Khashoggi worked as a columnist before he was killed, first reported the payments to his children. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 operatives they say were involved in Khashoggi’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. If the men are convicted and sentenced to death, the Saudi justice system would allow Khashoggi’s family to grant their father’s killers clemency through the so-called “blood money” arrangement.

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