After weeks of denying any knowledge about the death (whereabouts) of Jamil Khasoggi, a vehement critic of the Saudi royal family and their policies, Saudi Arabia conveniently changed their statement. They said Khashoggi was killed in fistfight in the Saudi Consulate office in Istanbul. Despite, mounting international pressure, Saudi Arabia has added no further information about the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body.
Turkey has alleged the attack was planned and people with direct link to the prince of Saudi Arabia have been identified as the killers.
Amidst all this, the royal family invited the sons of Khashoggi to the royal palace of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. Releasing photos, Saudi Arabia said they had offered their condolences to the Khashoggi family. However, the pain in the images were real – the sons were visiting the royal palace of a country they were banned to enter from after their father started criticising the nation. The very person the son was shaking hands with is the one who could be the killer of their father – the hell they probably had to endure.
Twitter was swift – many critics of the Saudi royal family criticised the photo-op and pointed the pained look in the face of the son being forced to shake hands with who could possibly be the one who ordered his father to be killed.