TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The sons of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Sunday issued an appeal for the return of their father’s body and said they wanted to return to Saudi Arabia to bury him.
In an interview with CNN, Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi said that without their father’s body, their family is unable to grieve and deal with the emotional burden of their father’s death.
“It’s not a normal situation, it’s not a normal death at all. All what we want right now is to bury him in Al-Baqi (cemetery) in Medina with the rest of his family,” Salah Khashoggi said. “I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon.”
Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
Saudi authorities have admitted that Khashoggi was murdered in a premeditated action, revising previous statements that his death was unintended. Turkish officials and some US lawmakers have said that Crown Prince Mohammad ordered the murder, an allegation that Riyadh denies.
Khashoggi’s body has not been recovered, and Saudi authorities say they are conducting an official investigation.
Citing an unnamed Turkish official, The Washington Post recently reported that Khashoggi’s body had been dissolved using acid or another chemical agent.