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Khashoggi's sons ask for his body

IANS  |  Washington 

The sons of murdered issued an emotional appeal for the return of their father's body, in their first interview since he was killed in the on October.

Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi, who called their father "courageous, generous and very brave", told on Sunday night they 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, 33, told the news channel during a sit-down interview in here with his brother, Salah, 35.

Without their father's body, the brothers said that their family was unable to grieve or find closure.

"All what we want 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."

Authorities in Turkey, who believe that was murdered by a hit squad sent from Riyadh, were still searching for the journalist's remains.

Last week, the chief prosecutor's office said Khashoggi's body was dismembered after he was strangled, while reported investigators were looking into the theory that the body was dissolved in acid.

The has denied any knowledge of the body's whereabouts.

Abdullah and Salah told that their father had been misunderstood and intentionally misrepresented for political reasons.

"was a moderate person. He was liked by everybody. He had differences and common values with everyone," Salah said, describing the late as a genuine, happy person and an "amazing" father.

"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," he added.

According to reports in and The New York Times, was labelled as a sympathiser and a dangerous Islamist in phone calls the Saudi had with Jared Kushner, US Donald Trump's and adviser, and John Bolton,

"It's just labels and people not doing their homework properly, and reading his article and going in depth. It's easier to stick a label on him," Abdullah said, when asked about the claim.

Asked how Khashoggi should be remembered, Salah replied: "As a moderate man who has common values with everyone... A man who loved his country, who believed so much in it and its potential.

"was never a dissident. He believed in the monarchy that it is the thing that is keeping the country together. And he believed in the transformation that it is going through."

Reflecting on their father's career as a journalist, the brothers said their father was "like a rock and roll star" when they were out with him in

Salah, the eldest sibling, has been made the principal family point of contact by the Abdullah, who lives in the was the last of the slain journalist's children to see him alive.

They have two sisters, Noha, 27 and Razan, 25.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 09:22 IST
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