The sons of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi issued an emotional appeal to Saudi authorities for the return of their father’s body so the family can properly grieve.
Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi, who called their father “courageous, generous and very brave,” said they have endured weeks of anguish and uncertainty following his disappearance and death.
“I really hope that whatever happened wasn’t painful for him, or it was quick. Or he had a peaceful death,” Abdullah Khashoggi told CNN during a sit-down interview in Washington with his brother, Salah.
“All what we want right now is to bury him in Al-Baqi (cemetery) in Medina (Saudi Arabia) with the rest of his family.
“I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon,” Salah said.
Abdullah and Salah say their father has been misunderstood and intentionally misrepresented for political reasons.
Salah described Khashoggi as a genuine, happy person and an “amazing” father.
He said; “Jamal was a moderate person. He was liked by everybody. He had differences and common values with everyone.
“I see a lot of people coming out right now and trying to claim his legacy and unfortunately some of them are using that in a political way that we totally don’t agree with.
“Public opinion is important… but my fear is that it’s being over-politicized. People are throwing analysis that may direct us away from the truth.”