Fam­ily re­quests re­turn of Khashoggi’s re­mains

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - By Mar­garet Mwan­tok

AS in­ves­ti­ga­tors lean to­wards the the­ory that the body of Ja­mal Khashoggi was dis­solved in acid, his sons have re­quested for the re­turn of their fa­ther’s body.

They made the ap­peal yes­ter­day dur­ing the first in­ter­view they granted the me­dia since their fa­ther was killed in­side the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, a month ago.

Salah and Ab­dul­lah Khashoggi said the past weeks had been very dif­fi­cult and full of un­cer­tainty for the en­tire fam­ily, adding that with­out their fa­ther’s body, they would be un­able to grieve.

Ab­dul­lah Khashoggi said: “I re­ally hope that what­ever hap­pened wasn’t painful for him, or it was quick. All what we want right now is to bury him in Al-baqi (ceme­tery) in Me­d­ina (Saudi Ara­bia) with the rest of his fam­ily.”

His brother, Salah, added: “I talked about that with the Saudi au­thor­i­ties and I just hope that it hap­pens soon.”

The Khashoggi’s fam­ily is trou­bled by the lies that have sprung up since the in­ci­dence, say­ing their fa­ther had been mis­un­der­stood and in­ten­tion­ally mis­rep­re­sented for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons.

Salah de­scribed his fa­ther as a mod­er­ate per­son, who was liked by ev­ery­body.

“He had dif­fer­ences and com­mon val­ues with ev­ery­one, a happy per­son and an amaz­ing fa­ther.

“I see a lot of peo­ple com­ing out right now and try­ing to claim his legacy and un­for­tu­nately some of them are us­ing that in a po­lit­i­cal way that we to­tally don’t agree with.”

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