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The murder of Jamal Khashoggi

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In a CNN online report last 17 November 2018 by Elise Labott, Veronica Stracqualursi and Jeremey Herb indicated that CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s death.

It all started on 2ND of October 2018, when the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi went inside the Saudi Consulate Office in Turkey expecting to get the paperwork done with his impending marriage to his Turkish fiancé but never came back whilst she waited outside.

Saudi Arabia in the light of pressing inquiry denied any fault and claims, “Mr. Khashoggi died whilst interrogation ‘went wrong’. But Amnesty International said through ABC News, “Saudi Arabia’s explanation of the journalist’s death inside the Consulate in Istanbul appeared to be a whitewash of ‘ an appalling assassination’.  The Amnesty International through Samah Hadid believes the report is not trustworthy and marks an ‘abysmal new low to Saudi Arabia’s human rights record’.

Various comments from the cross-section in countries from United Arab Emirates, Yemen, which is allegedly subject of military intervention from Saudi Arabia, all praise the Kingdom claiming that ‘it remains a state of justice, values and principles’.

This shows that no matter how cruel a journalist was killed, every institution varies in its response. But the truth remains, no matter what the alliance of the Kingdom has with other nations, Mr. Khashoggi was murdered like another animal chopped into pieces by people inside the Saudi Arabian Consulate with no apparent respect of God and humanity. If the world allows them to get away with inhumane treatment, we will expect more serious offences worse than this to come. This is already far from our expectation that a country ruled by idiots with money and power can do it to someone who is simply opposing the belief and the incoherent rules imposed on them.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in his initial comments, seemed to suggest that Mr. Khasoggi was killed by ‘rogue killers’ and this explanation defies common sense. He explained that due to unprecedented business worth $110 billion, it is unlikely that he can support an application for economic sanctions to Saudi much less sever his ties with them. He, however, backtracked claiming that he will wait for the final report after his talk with the King and his Emissary.

I totally agree with Amnesty International that, the killing of Mr. Khashoggi within the grounds of the Consulate amounts to ‘extrajudicial execution’. It is an utter conspiracy of people not just from the high ranking, but from other people inside the Consulate. The staff can be investigated where they were and asked what happened when they were supposed to be inside doing their jobs.

Mr. Khashoggi was doing the normal business in the Saudi Consulate and was murdered with the authority completely denying any wrongdoing which is utterly surprising.

I agree with all political sides both the Democrats and some Republicans for Mr. Trump to be investigated with regard to his personal business ties with Saudi, based on his own account that he was making a windfall from this Kingdom, and his unwillingness to condemn Saudi or his uncertain view notwithstanding CIA report. It is apparent from TV narrative that he has personal ties he is not willing to lose. His arms sale is killing innocent people in Yemen. But we can only hear the voice of the powerful who appeared pleased. They have beautiful countries glitter and adorned with immense power and richness yet we find radical people that denigrate humanity despicably.
WATCH: CNN’s report on Jamal Khashoggi’s last words

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