Khashoggi's sons forgive Saudi killers, sparing 5 execution

PHOTO: Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist, author and the former general manager and editor-in-chief of Al Arab News Channel, Photo Date: 8/28/2011
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Members of family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has announced they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to five government agents who had been sentenced to death for an operation that cast a cloud of suspicion over the kingdom’s crown prince.

One of Khashoggi's sons, who lives in Saudi Arabia and has received financial compensation from the royal court over the killing, explained on Friday on Twitter that forgiveness was extended to the killers during the last nights of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in line with Islamic tradition to offer pardons where it is permitted.