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Khashoggi’s Family Forgives His Killers, But Will the World Forget the Saudi Scandal?

Simon Henderson

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The Hill

May 23, 2020

Whether continued campaigns to hold Riyadh accountable for the crime succeed or not, the crown prince’s economic ‘Vision’ is increasingly likely to slip by another decade or more.

The saga of the murdered Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi looks as though it is coming to an end. Early Friday morning in Riyadh, his son, Salah, tweeted: “Whoever pardons and makes reconciliations, his reward lies with God...Thus, we...announce that we forgive those who killed our father.” The timing of the tweet—the fasting month of Ramadan, which ends this weekend with the festival of Eid—fits in with Islamic tradition. From an American point of view, on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend, some may think of it as burying bad news...

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