- Saudi state media on Tuesday published photos of Jamal Khashoggi’s son Salah Khashoggi with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
- The kingdom has acknowledged Jamal Khashoggi’s death but claimed it was a result of a fistfight during a “rogue operation” in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
- Prince Mohammed is widely suspected of orchestrating Khashoggi’s killing.
- Jamal Khashoggi’s editor at The Washington Post said Saudi Arabia had barred the journalist’s children from leaving the country.
Jamal Khashoggi’s son was pictured on Tuesday with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is widely suspected of orchestrating the journalist’s killing.
The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that Salah Khashoggi met the king and crown prince in Riyadh.
State TV also posted video of the meeting on social media:
— قناة الإخبارية (@alekhbariyatv) October 23, 2018
Riyadh has acknowledged that Jamal Khashoggi died at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this month, but it claimed it was the result of a physical altercation gone wrong and was a “rogue operation” unknown to the Saudi leadership.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday pushed back on those claims, describing Khashoggi’s death as a preplanned murder by Saudi agents.
Sahel Khashoggi, another family member, was also at the photo op on Tuesday, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The journalist, a Saudi national who was a US resident, had four adult children, all of whom were educated in the US, NPR reported.
Karen Attiah, Jamal Khashoggi’s editor at The Washington Post, expressed concern about his family, saying Saudi Arabia had barred his children from traveling out of the country to put pressure on him for his writing.
“Days ago, the family said that they are still ‘yearn[ing] to be together,'” she tweeted earlier this week.
Days ago, the family said that they are still ‘yearn[ing] to be together” https://t.co/5j4i9zR5KL
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) October 22, 2018
Prince Mohammed also called Salah Khashoggi to express his condolences, the Saudi Press Agency said on Monday.
Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, was also placed under 24-hour police protection by Turkish authorities earlier this week. It was not clear whether she is still under protection.