The family of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Friday that they have forgiven his killers.
"In this blessed night of the blessed month (of Ramadan) we remember God's saying: If a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah".
Khashoggi's son Salah tweeted: "We, sons of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce that we forgive those who killed our father".
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi - a royal family insider turned critic - was killed and dismembered at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, in a case that triggered global outrage.
Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was killed inside the kingdom's consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul in October 2018.
Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death and three to jail over Khashoggi's murder last December.
However, Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz said on Friday that no one could pardon his killers.
Salah Khashoggi, who lives in Saudi Arabia and has received financial compensation from the royal court over the killing, explained 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 in cases allowed by Islamic law. The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some European governments maintain that bin Salman had ordered the killing.
"The killers came from Saudi with premeditation to lure, ambush & kill him".
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud's image was tarnished by Jamal Khashoggi's death
Eleven suspects in all were put on trial in secretive proceedings in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
But Salah, Khashoggi's eldest son, was the only sibling who meant to carry on living in Saudi Arabia, the newspaper said.
He has also previously criticised "opponents and enemies" of Saudi Arabia who he said had tried to exploit his father's death to undermine the country's leadership. Three of the 11 accused were sentenced to prison terms totalling 24 years and three others were found not guilty.
The watchdog Reporters Without Borders voiced fears that the five men's death sentences were "a way to silence them forever and to hide the truth".
The Turkish government said the murder involved 15 Saudi agents sent from the capital Riyadh. His remains have never been found.
However, a report by United Nations envoy Callamard linked Prince Mohammed to the killing, a claim which the kingdom denies.
Assiri added that Saudi authorities are "trying to close the case on their part without condemning anyone", a move which further distances them from having to take any responsibility for the murder.
In a 99-page report, Callamard said experts found it "inconceivable" that a sophisticated 15-man mission to kill Khashoggi could have happened without Prince Mohammed's knowledge.
Khashoggi had been writing for the Washington Post newspaper and living in the USA before his death.
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