Staged photos show Khashoggi's son shaking hands with the Saudi Crown Prince, who many believe ordered his father's murder

Sinéad Baker (sbaker@businessinsider.com)

The son of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi was pictured with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, the man widely believed to have orchestrated the journalist's death.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency reported that Khashoggi's son, Salah Khashoggi, met the king and crown prince on Tuesday in Riyadh.

The staged photos came as Riyadh admitted to Jamal Khashoggi's murder, but claimed it was due to a physical altercation gone wrong and a rogue operation unknown to the Saudi leadership.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday contradicted those claims and said that Khashoggi's death was a preplanned murder by Saudi agents.

Sahel Khashoggi, another family member, was also present at the photo op, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

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The journalist had four adult children, all of whom were US-educated, NPR reported. It is not clear whether Salah, who was pictured with the Saudi monarchs, has US citizenship. His siblings were neither mentioned nor pictured on Tuesday.

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Karen Attiah, Khashoggi's editor at The Washington Post, has tweeted concern about Khashoggi's family. She said that Saudi Arabia had imposed a travel ban on his children to put pressure on him for his writing.

"Days ago, the family said that they are still 'yearn[ing] to be together,'" she tweeted.

On Monday, Attiah also said that Salah Khashoggi is a US dual citizen, as are two of his siblings. The White House did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment regarding Salah's citizenship.

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Crown Prince Mohammed and King Salman also called Salah Khashoggi on Sunday to express their condolences over Jamal's death, the Saudi Press Agency said.

Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, was also placed under 24-hour police protection by Turkish authorities earlier this week. It is not clear whether she is still under protection.