NYPD denies releasing information on slain Saudi sisters seeking asylum in US

The Virginia-based mother said the Saudi embassy in Washington called her on October 23 alerting her that the family's residence in America was in jeopardy because of the asylum applications, reported the New York Post.

The women had moved to the U.S. in 2015 with their mother to Fairfax, Virginia-a suburb of Washington DC about 360 kilometres from the Hudson. The youngest, Tala, was last seen in August according to a post on the website of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

After changing its story on multiple occasions, the Saudi government recently came clean and admitted that its agents were behind Khashoggi's death.

The sisters were found laying on rocks near the river, fully-clothed, both wearing black jackets with fur trim and black leggings.

The sisters' mother had also told investigators that she hadn't seen Rotana and Tala since December 2017, when she reported them missing to local authorities, sources said.

Both had been students and Rotana had been studying at George Mason University before she left in the spring.

The Saudi Consulate General in New York City declined to answer questions about the Farea sisters when pressed by Law&Crime. The statement added that the embassy has appointed an attorney to follow the case closely.

Furthermore, a Saudi official at the kingdom's embassy in Washington DC categorically denied to Arab News that the embassy had made any calls to the mother with regards to her alleged daughters' political asylum claim.

Detectives initially suspected a double suicide from the George Washington Bridge but family members rejected that theory and officers have also dismissed it after reasoning that the bodies would have sustained more damage from a fall from the bridge.

"[The embassy] has also contacted the citizen's family and extended its support and aid in this trying time", they said.

New York City Police Department (NYPD) Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said that one of his employees had been dispatched to Virginia in an effort to obtain details about the girls' lives there-specifically regarding the past two months.

  • Rogelio Becker