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Khashoggi family King Salman
Khashoggi’s
family members were pictured with Crown Prince Mohammad bin
Salman and King Salman.

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  • Jamal Khashoggi’s son, Salah Khashoggi, has been permitted to
    depart Saudi Arabia and is heading to the US with the rest of his
    family,
    NBC News reported Thursday
    .
  • Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist,
    was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
    on Oct. 2.
  • Previous reports suggested Salah, who is a dual US citizen,
    was barred from leaving the country in connection with his
    father’s critical reporting on the Saudi kingdom.

Jamal Khashoggi’s son, Salah Khashoggi, has been permitted to
leave Saudi Arabia and is heading to the US with the rest of his
family,
NBC News reported Thursday

This comes after reports Salah, who is a dual US citizen, was
barred from leaving the country in connection with his father’s
critical reporting on the Saudi kingdom.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist,
was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
on Oct. 2.

The Saudis denied any involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance
for nearly three weeks, and their story has shifted multiple
times since early October.

Last week, the Saudi government finally acknowledged Khashoggi
died, but claimed it was a result of a fistfight that was part of
a rogue operation. The Saudis on Thursday changed the narrative
once more,
stating Khashoggi’s killing was likely premeditated

 

After the Saudi government acknowledged Khashoggi’s killing,
Salah and his brother Sahel met with King Salman and Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman. The Saudis released official photos of the
meeting, in which Salah appeared extremely uncomfortable. 


Khashoggi family bin Salman
Crown
Prince Mohammad bin Salman met Jamal Khashoggi’s son in
Riyadh.

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Amid the investigation into Khashoggi’s death, which the crown
prince is suspected of orchestrating, there have been calls for
the Saudi government to permit his family to be reunited to
grieve. 

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia last year after the royal family
barred him from writing due to critical remarks he made about
President Donald Trump.

He was also concerned about Prince Mohammed’s efforts to
consolidate power, which involved arresting his fellow princes
and prominent businessmen, including friends of Khashoggi. 

Khashoggi was one of the most well-known journalists in Saudi
Arabia and previously served as a royal adviser, but he had a
following out with the government as Prince Mohammed gained more
power. 

After leaving Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi began to write for The
Washington Post, where he continued to be critical of the Saudi
government. He told his editor at The Post, Karen Attiah, that
his family was punished as a consequence of his writing, which
included bans on travel. 

Attiah has been particularly vocal about Khashoggi’s killing, and
has put pressure on Saudi Arabia to allow his family to be
reunited. 

Khashoggi “told me when we first met that his ex-wife was
pressured into eventually divorcing him because of his critical
writings,” Attiah tweeted earlier this
week
. “The Saudis punished him in life by restricting the
travel of his children, 3 of whom are dual U.S. citizens.”

Khashoggi had four children and his family was reportedly spread
out across Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. In
a statement released earlier this month,
his family said
, “We are sadly and anxiously following the
conflicting news regarding the fate of our father … Our family
is traumatized, and yearns to be together during this painful
time.”

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