The sons of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi delivered an emotional appeal on Sunday asking for the return of their father’s body in an interview with CNN.
In their first interview since their father was murdered, Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi said that the past few weeks have been painful for them as they continue to wait for more information on the death of their father.
Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, disappeared Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to receive paperwork he needed to get married.
Once inside, he was immediately strangled and then dismembered, according to the Istanbul Prosecutor’s office.
Without having the body, their family is unable to properly have a funeral service and achieve closure, the two sons noted.
According to Salah and Abdullah, their father was being misinterpreted and misrepresented due to political reasons.
In an interview with Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and Middle East adviser, and John Bolton, national security adviser, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called Khashoggi a sympathizer of the Muslim Brotherhood and a dangerous Islamist, however Khashoggi’s sons pushed back on this.
As the eldest brother, Salah has been made the point person by Saudi authorities, and the strain of that along with receiving calls from all of Khashoggi’s relatives shows in his deeply sunken eyes.
However, being the point person with the Saudi government has not given Salah any more information than the rest of the world.
The younger sibling Abdullah, who lives in the United Arab Emirates, said he was the last child of Khashoggi to see him alive. He went to Turkey in September to visit him and his fiancee Hatice Cengiz.
The death of Khashoggi was an unusual one, and with that the brothers are facing not only grief but also confusion.