Sons of Jamal Khashoggi give a sentimental appeal for the return of their father's body


Sala and Abdullah Hasaghi, who called their father "courageous, generous and very brave," said they have suffered weeks of anxiety and uncertainty after his disappearance and death.

"I hope anything that happened was not painful about him, or he was quick or had a peaceful death," said 33-year-old Abdullah Khashoggi at CNN during an interview with Washington with his 35-year-old brother Salah.

The authorities in Turkey – who say that Hasgogi was murdered by a strike squad sent by Riyadh – are still looking for the journalist's remains. Earlier this week, the Prosecutor General said Khashoggi's body was dissolved after his strangulation, while the Washington Post reported that the researchers looked at the theory that the body was dissolved in acid. A source near the Royal Palace of Saudi Arabia has denied any knowledge of the place of the body.

Without their father's body, the brothers say their family can not mourn or find closure.

"All we want now is to bury him in Al-Baqi (cemetery) in Medina (Saudi Arabia) with the rest of his family," Salah said.

"I talked about this with the Saudi authorities and I hope it will happen soon."

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Saudi Arabia presented an evolving narrative about what happened to Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen, when he entered the consulate to get cards for his marriage. the reporter was preparing to marry for the third time. The authorities initially denied all knowledge of his fate before later admitting that a group of unscrupulous actors, many of whom were responsible for the inner circle of Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Riyadh has argued that neither bin Salman nor his father, King Shalman, knew the business to target Khashoggi.

But what really has managed to trouble his two sons, their two sisters and their mother are the lies that say they have erupted from the death of Khashoggi.

Abdullah and Shala report that their father has been misunderstood and deliberately misled for political reasons.

"Jamal was a modest man who liked everyone, had differences and shared values ​​with everyone," Salah said, describing Hassoggi as a genuine, cheerful face and a "surprising" father.

"I see many people coming out now and trying to reclaim their legacy and unfortunately some of them use it in a political way that we do not fully agree with."

"Public opinion is important … but my fear is that it is too politicized. People are taking an analysis that can lead us away from the truth."

Jamal Hasaghi, during a press conference in the Bahrain Manama capital on December 15, 2014.

Khashoggi was described as a Muslim Brotherhood compatriot and a dangerous Islamist in telephone calls by the Saudi Prince with Gerard Kuhner, son of President Donald Trumbas and Middle East adviser, and John Bolton, a national security adviser, according to Washington Post and the New York Times. The Muslim Brotherhood, considered to be a terrorist group in many Arab nations, but not the United States or Europe, has long been viewed as an existential threat by the leaders of the desolate reign.

"It's just labels and people do not do their job properly by reading the article and going in-depth. It's easier to stick a label on it," Abdullah said when asked about the claim of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Asked how Hasshogi should remember, Salah replied, "as a moderate man who has shared values ​​with everyone … a man who loved his country, who believed so much in this and his potential."

"Jamal was never a dissident, he believed in the monarchy that it is the thing that holds the country together and believed in the transformation that he is going through."

Reflecting their father's career as a journalist, they say that Khashoggi was "like a star rock and roll" when they came out with him in Saudi Arabia.

"It was a public figure he liked the rest," Salah said. "You do not see so much in the media, in the media."

Abdullah Khashoggi (left) next to his brother, Salah Khashoggi (right) during an interview with CNN on Sunday.

If there is a weakness that comes with suddenly losing a parent, Salah and Abdullah, who are two years inferior to him, do not show it, but the sunken, shadowy eyes of Salah show the stalker.

Salah, the eldest brother, has become the main family contact point of the Saudi government, calling him all Khashoggi relatives. It is a large family and a great emotional weight that did not relax from the absence of events. He says he is based on newsletters for news about his father's death research.

"Our source is the same source that you have, it is a mystery, which is very burdensome – all of us, that everyone is looking for information just as we do, think we have answers and unfortunately we do not," Salah said.

Abdullah, who lives in the United Arab Emirates, says he was the last of Hashogi's children to see him alive. When he heard the reporter go to Turkey, he went to visit him and spent time with him and his fiancé, Hatice Cengiz. He saw their flowering and the happiness of their father.

"He was happy, it was a great opportunity for me to see him." "We are in Istanbul, we had fun," said Abdullah. "I was very lucky to have a last moment with him. I feel very grateful."

After the assassination, Abdullah was the first member of the family to visit the Hasaggia district in Virginia. There, he said, he found that his father had put a picture of his grandchildren, the two children of Abdullah and his daughter Shalia, in his bed.

Abdullah says he realized how much his father loved his family by putting a photo to see them last night.

"That shocked me," said Abdullah. "He emphasized the gentle, tender side of loving his grandkids' family, something huge and touching me personally and the whole family when they knew it."

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The brothers say their father plans to leave the Washington area and move to Turkey to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

The main reason behind the one who chose to live in Turkey is to be closer to his family, he has a very special relationship with all his sisters and it is difficult for everyone to hear the tragic news, "said Salah.

Sala and Abdullah suffer, but do not cluster with confidence. They are publicly speaking now to restore the part of Khashoggi's family storytelling. But they say that every day is tough, revolving the news even about the very details about their father's murder.

"It's hard, it's not easy, especially when history gets this big, it's not easy, it's messy, even the way we mourn is a bit confused," Abdullah said. "At the same time, we look at the media and misinformation, there are many ups and downs, we try to be emotional and at the same time we try to make the story – pieces of history to fill the whole picture, it is confusing and difficult, it is not a normal state a normal death. "

Shala, Abdullah and their Doha sisters, 27 and Rajan, 25, all want to go on with their lives, they even live in the Middle East and have been put in the unlikely spotlight.

Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammed bin Salman depicted the handshake with Salah Khashoggi.

Salah is expected to return very soon to his banking job at Jeddah and fears how commentators will react to the social media. He says his handshake with Crown Prince shortly before leaving Saudi Arabia two weeks ago was widely misinterpreted.

"I think there was nothing, it was a bit over the analysis of the whole situation," Salah said. "I understand why they are trying to do that, they try to get as much information as possible from anything that we do, and sometimes they are just unfounded claims, sometimes they just do not make any sense."

Salah says he is waiting for the investigation to come to an end and the facts come out.

"The King stressed that all those involved would be brought to justice, and I believe that will happen, otherwise, Saudi Arabia will not begin an internal investigation," said Shalia.

Asked if he put his faith in the king, Salah replied: "Yes".