Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Jamal Khashoggi: The Saudi regime appears to have butchered a prominent dissident

Jamal Khashoggi: The Saudi regime appears to have butchered a prominent dissident

"I have raised Jamal's disappearance personally with the Saudi ambassador, and while we await more information, know we will respond accordingly to any state that targets journalists overseas", he wrote.

Khashoggi entered the consulate last Tuesday and has not been heard of or seen since, according to his fiancée and friends. The consulate insists Khashoggi left its premises, contradicting Turkish officials. Riyadh claims he exited through a back door, the Turks are dubious and the search is on for clues.

Over the past year Khashoggi used his platform as a Washington Post columnist to criticize the policies of Saudi Arabia's powerful young crown prince, from the war in Yemen to the arrest of women's rights advocates.

The Foreign Office has never had any illusions that the Saudi economic and social modernisation programme under the crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the de facto ruler, includes any commitment to free expression or a turn towards democracy.

Saudi Arabia has said allegations that it killed Khashoggi are "baseless" but has offered no evidence over the past seven days to show he ever left the building.

"Hopefully that will sort itself out", he added. This footage has not been officially released, but on Tuesday the Washington Post, which employs Khashoggi as a contributor, published an image that showed Khashoggi walking into the consulate building last Tuesday.

Citing an unnamed Turkish security official, the Times reported Khashoggi was killed in a gruesome operation within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents who dismembered his body with a bone saw.

The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on its official Twitter page that it did not dismiss the possibility that Khashoggi's sudden disappearance was an attempt to silence the writer.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the Vienna Convention allowed for consulates to be searched by the authorities of the host country with the consent of the mission chief.

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US President Donald Trump and European leaders all have called on Riyadh to explain what happened to the 59-year-old journalist.

"The Saudi Consulate can not absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched", said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association.

Turkey's state news agency, quoting unnamed sources, said Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to Ankara, Waleed A Elkhereiji, was summoned to the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Sunday.

Accusations the Saudi leadership directly ordered the alleged assassination of Khashoggi will put further pressure on the United States and other allies to demand a transparent investigation, with possible serious repercussions to bilateral relations if it doesn't come to fruition.

That Saudi Arabia would allow foreigners to enter a consulate and search it shows the growing global pressure the kingdom faces over the disappearance of Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post.

One jet, carrying nine people, allegedly landed in the early hours of October 2.

Trump, speaking at the White House, said he did not know details about Khashoggi's disappearance. "If this is true - that the Saudis lured a USA resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia", said Sen.

But if Khashoggi is dead, the Saudi government certainly had a motive to kill him.

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