RIYADH: The children of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi denied yesterday discussing any sort of settlement over his killing by Saudi agents after a report of compensation awards. “Currently the trial is taking place and no settlement has been discussed or is being discussed,” said the statement, published on Twitter by Khashoggi’s elder son Salah.

The Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a columnist, reported last week his children were given million-dollar houses and monthly five-figure payments as compensation. But it said that was separate from any potential “blood money” payment that could be negotiated after the murder trial under the Saudi justice system. While ruling out a “settlement,” the family statement did not, however, explicitly deny receiving compensation. – Reuters