Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Saudi team sent to Istanbul to 'cover up' Khashoggi's murder

Saudi team sent to Istanbul to 'cover up' Khashoggi's murder

On Monday, the head of Japanese firm SoftBank indicated he would continue to do business with Saudi Arabia, despite also condemning the Khashoggi killing.

Khashoggi was critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Many US lawmakers have called for US weapons sales to be cut off in response to Mr Khashoggi's murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a step Mr Trump has rejected.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an op-ed in the Washington Post last week that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government and added that the global community had the responsibility to "reveal the puppet masters" behind the slaying.

However, when grilled on our nation's involvement, Trump declined to say if the deaths would make him rethink the arms deal with Saudi Arabia, although he made it clear that using US provided bombs to kill civilians bothered him. Oktay echoed the president's question in Monday's interview.

Saudi investigators sent to help Turkey look into the Jamal Khashoggi consulate murder were removing evidence instead, it has been claimed.

Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen's brutal civil war also faced criticism, with a number of countries urging it to halt the devastating bombing campaign there.

"You can see that [the UK's question] very elegantly phrased, but there's no mistaking the bite behind it", Brennan said.

The joint Turkish and Saudi probe into Khashoggi's fate has made little progress so far.

Ahead of the review, the United Nations rights office published a list of concerns about human rights in Saudi Arabia, including discrimination against women, continued use of the death penalty, and "extremely broad" definitions of terrorism that enable "the criminalization of some acts of peaceful expression".

He said he had raised his concerns about the killing with MBS, among others.

Their reports highlight persistent discriminatory laws, a big increase in the number of executions between 2013-2015, the fact that there is no law that protects the rights to free assembly and continuing concerns about the lack of female involvement in governing process.

Saudi Arabia first denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, eventually acknowledging his death 17 days after he went missing. Khashoggi, a former advisor to Saudi intelligence, had been living in the voluntary exile after he began heavily criticizing Saudi Arabia's royal family and government. "On the other hand, we have a responsibility towards the Saudi people, and we must carry out our responsibility rather than turn our backs on them".

"So what is happening now is affecting the scene inside of Saudi Arabia where the government is a bit weaker and less vicious towards activists inside and outside".

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