Exclusive: Khashoggi Family Solely Acknowledges Information Released by Saudi Authorities

Exclusive: Khashoggi Family Solely Acknowledges Information Released by Saudi Authorities

Wednesday, 10 October, 2018 - 13:00
Legal consultant Mu'tasim Khashoggi, Asgarq Al-Awsat
Riyadh – Abdulhadi Habtor
Family members of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in the Turkish city of Istanbul a week ago, expressed optimism towards results of ongoing joint investigations by Turkish authorities and a team of Saudi investigators.

In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, legal consultant Mu'tasim Khashoggi, Jamal's cousin, was surprised by the number of people jumping to conclusions and spreading false news related to the disappearance.

Mu'tasim Khashoggi accused people who spread false news of insensitively promoting their own personal agendas at the expense of the Khashoggi family.

“Everyone forgot about Jamal and his family and relatives, instead they are looking after their agendas and perceptions that are not important now,” he added.

“What is important now is the safety of this missing man,” he said.

"We are optimistic, but as we have seen in the media, everyone whether concerned or not is exploiting and is politicizing the issue in an unprofessional and immoral manner, forgetting that this person is a Saudi citizen with a family ... forgetting about his sons, daughters and grandchildren,” he said, criticizing the politicized media bonanza surrounding the disappearance.

“It affects them (Jamal’s family) directly, we suffer a lot from what is happening."

“The family does not acknowledge or listen to any information if it is not issued by Saudi authorities, placing full confidence in their country’s efforts to search for Jamal,” he confirmed

“The Kingdom’s highest echelons are following up on Jamal’s case.”

“We are confident in Saudi investigations and actions taken by the Kingdom and its officials,” said Mu'tasim Khashoggi stressing that these authorities remain the sole reliable source of information.

“We have started legal action at home and abroad in coordination with the Saudi government against anyone who harmed us, the family, Jamal, or our country," he said.

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