Jamal Khashoggi’s family refute ‘fabricated’ reports quoting them in WashPo, CNN
A relative of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has refuted reports quoting them in the Washington Post and CNN, slamming them as “fabricated.”
Sultan Khashoggi, speaking on behalf of the Khashoggi family, said on Twitter they “categorically reject that the family name be exploited in an agenda that offends Saudi Arabia.”
The Washington Post had based the report on a fake Twitter account belonging to someone who alleged to be a family member of the missing journalist.
The Post had “claimed it was the family's first statement” since the disappearance of the journalist on October 2.
Al Arabiya English independently confirmed this by contacting Motasem Khashoggi, the legal advisor of the Khashoggi family, who said the widely-reported statement, also published by CNN and Business Insider, was falsely attributed to the family.
Motasem, Jamal's cousin, had headed a family meeting in Jeddah immediately after the news of his disappearance.
"Our position as a family is that Jamal is missing," Motasem Khashoggi said, adding that Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the missing Jamal Khashoggi, is the authorized person of the family to issue any statement.
(With Saudi Gazette)