Rabat – The son of murdered prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Salah Khashoggi, has said he has “confidence” in the Saudi judicial system.
The statement comes as a response to critics who are seeking to “exploit” the murder case of his father.
October 2 will mark the first anniversary of the death of Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed by a hit squad at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
“Opponents and enemies of the motherland in the East and West sought to exploit the case,” Khashoggi’s son wrote on Twitter on Monday, September 30.
He said that the “opponents” are seeking to “undermine my country and its leadership.”
Salah Khashoggi continued that he has “full confidence in the kingdom’s judicial system and in its ability to serve justice those behind this heinous crime.”
Several media reports suspected that Khashoggi’s children received money from the Saudi leadership.
In April, the Washington Post reported that Salah and his siblings received multimillion-dollar homes and monthly cash.
Saudi Arabia has been denying any involvement in the killing of Khashoggi. De facto ruler Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, suspected of having a hand in Khashoggi’s murder, admitted that the murder of the journalist “happened under .”
“It happened under my watch. I get all the responsibility because it happened under my watch,” MBS told PBS’ Martin Smith, according to the preview of a much-anticipated documentary on MBS’s rise to political prominence.
— salah khashoggi (@salahkhashoggi) September 30, 2019
A few people were able to listen to recordings of the planning and murder of the journalist.
Among those people are British lawyer Helena Kennedy and UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard.
BBC quoted Kenedy, who said that her body “shivered” when she listened to the recording.
“You can hear them laughing. It’s a chilling business. They’re waiting there knowing that this man is going to come in and he’s going to be murdered and cut up,” she said.
The lawyer described the murder as a horror scene.
“The horror of listening to somebody’s voice, the fear in someone’s voice, and that you’re listening to something live. It makes a shiver go through your body.”