Policy - Misinformation

News claiming Jamal Khashoggi’s brother and his wife were killed in Saudi Arabia is fake

  Thursday 11th October 2018

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Lebanese Addyiar website shared news titled “Khashoggi’s brother and his wife were killed and beheaded by Mohamad Bin Salman’s security forces” and attached a photo of disappeared Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and another photo of a man wearing traditional Gulf clothes.

The website said that masked men attacked “Ahmad Khashoggi” house in Jedda 2 days ago and beheaded him with a sword then stabbed his wife, adding that Saudi police arrived at the crime scene then searched the house and buried the 2 bodies later.

Dozens of news websites shared this news which also included a testimony of a woman who said she lives in the same neighborhood and was presented by ABC news who described the attack as “monstrous”.

Verify-Sy searched for the source of this claim in official Saudi news website but found no results on this alleged crime or on social media.

A close source of Khashoggi family denied Verify-Sy this claim and said the photo shared with this news is for the legal consular Moutasem Khashoggi who is Jamal’s brother.