Exclusive: Khashoggi sons issue emotional appeal for the return of their father's body

Exclusive: Khashoggi sons issue emotional appeal for the return of their father's body

Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi, who called their father "Courageous, generous and very brave," said they died.

Or, he had a peaceful death, "Abdullah Khashoggi, 33, told CNN during a sit-down interview in Washington, with his brother, Salah, 35.

Authorities in Turkey – who say I'm still searching for the journalist's remains. Earlier this week, the chief prosecutor's office said Khashoggi's body was dismissed after he was strangled, while the Washington Post reported investigators were looking into the theory that the body was dissolved in acid. A source close to the saudi royal palace has denied any knowledge of the body's whereabouts.

Without their father's body, the brothers say their family is unable to grieve or find.

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

"I talked about that with the Saudi Authorities and I just hope that it happens soon."

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Saudi Arabia's presented to evolving narrative about what happened to Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen; the journalist was preparing to get married for a third time. Authorities first named Mohammed bin Salman's inner circle, were responsible. Riyadh has been given that both Salman nor his father, King Salman, Khashoggi.

But they have come to trouble with their two sons, their two sisters and their mothers, they say, that have jumped since Khashoggi's death.

Abdullah and Salah say their father has been misunderstood and intentionally misrepresented for political reasons.

He was liked by everybody. He had differences and common values ​​with everybody, "Salah said, describing Khashoggi as a genuine, happy person and to" amazing "father.

In a political way, "I totally do not agree with you."

"Public opinion is important … but my fear is that it's being over politicized." People are throwing analysis.

Jamal Khashoggi looks at a press conference at the Bahraini capital Manama, on December 15, 2014.

Khashoggi was labeled as a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer and a dangerous Islamist in phone calls the Saudi crown prince had with Jared Kushner, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and Middle East adviser, and John Bolton, national security adviser, according to reports in Both the Washington Post and New York Times. The Muslim Brotherhood, considered a terrorist group in many Arab nations, but not the US or Europe, has long been seen as an existential threat by the desert kingdom's leaders.

It's just labels and people doing their homework properly, and reading it in depth. "It's easier to stick to it," Abdullah said.

Asked how Khashoggi should be remembered, Salah said, "As a moderate man who has shared values ​​with everyone … he has loved his country, who believed so much in it and its potential."

"Jamal was never a dissident." He believed in the monarchy that it is the thing that keeps the country together.

They say Khashoggi what a rock and roll star when they were in Saudi Arabia.

"Hey what a public figure that was liked by everyone else," Salah said. "You do not see that much in media, in print media."

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

Salah and Abdullah, who is two years his junior, does not show it, but Salah's sunken, shadowed eyes show the strain.

Salah, the eldest sibling, has made the reference to Khashoggi's relative call him. It is a large family and a large emotional burden is not eased by the absence of facts. He says he's on news reports for updates on the investigation into his father's death.

It is a mystery, it is a mystery, it is a mystery, it is a mystery, it is a mystery unfortunately we do not, "Salah said.

Abdullah, who lives in the United Arab Emirates, says he is the last of Khashoggi's children to see him alive. When he got to the journalist, he went to visit him and spent time with him and his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. He saw their blossoming relationship and his father's happiness.

It was a very good opportunity for me to see it. We hung out in Istanbul, we had fun, "Abdullah said. "I really lucky to have a moment with him. I feel very grateful."

Following the murder, Abdullah Khashoggi's apartment in Virginia. There, he said, he found his father to be a daughter of his grandchildren, Abdullah's two children and Salah's daughter, by his bed.

Abdullah says he was realized as a father, where he was looking for a boy.

"That shocked me," Abdullah said. "It's just something huge and it touched me personally and all the family when they knew about it."

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So he could be closer to his children and grandchildren.

"It's been hard for all of us to hear the tragic news," Salah said.

Salah and Abdullah are suffering, but they are not lathered in self-pity. They're speaking now to restore Khashoggi's narrative that belongs to the family. But they say every day is tough, scouring the news for even the smallest detail about their father's murder.

It's difficult, it's not easy, it's not easy, it's confusing, it's not easy, it's confusing, even the way we grieve, it's a bit confusing, "Abdullah said. There's a lot of ups and downs. We're trying to get emotional and at the same time we're trying to get the story – bits and pieces It's not a normal situation and not a normal death. "

Salah, Abdullah and their sisters Noha, 27 and Razan, 25, they all live in the Middle East and have been put to an unenviable spotlight.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his father King Salman pictured shaking hands with Salah bin Jamal Khashoggi.

Salah is due to go back to his banking job in Jeddah. He says his handshake with the Prince's Crown shortly before he left Saudi Arabia two weeks ago was widely misinterpreted.

"I mean there was nothing, they were just over analyzing the whole situation," Salah said. Sometimes they're just baseless claims, sometimes they just don 't make any sense. "

Salah says he is waiting for the investigation to come out of the facts to come out.

Saudi Arabia said: "The King has said that he has done that."

Asked if he was putting his faith in the King, Salah replied: "yes."

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