The sons of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi issued an emotional appeal for the return of their father’s body, in their first interview since he was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October.
Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi, who called their father "courageous, generous and very brave", said 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 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 Khashoggi 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 the Washington Post reported investigators were looking into the theory that the body was dissolved in acid.
The Saudi Royal Palace has denied any knowledge of the body’s whereabouts.
Abdullah and Salah told CNN that their father had been misunderstood and intentionally misrepresented for political reasons.
"Jamal was a moderate person. He was liked by everybody. He had differences and common values with everyone," Salah said, describing the late Washington Post columnist as a genuine, happy person and an "amazing" father.>