Austria increases pressure on Saudi Arabia on Khashoggi Case
Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told the Saudi ambassador in Vienna that Riyadh explanations of dissident Jamal Khashoggi death is not convincing.
Iran Press/ Europe: Austrian Foreign Ministry demands in a statement by its' Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl that a "comprehensive clarification in the Khashoggi case is still necessary" and therefore "the legal situation regarding KAICIID" should be examined, Vindobona a Vienna based international news outlet reported.
Saudi Arabia international scandal for silencing Jamal Khashoggi prominent dissident journalist and outspoken critic of the crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman have a negative impact on the worsening human right condition in the Saudi Arabia from the world view and public opinions.
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Moreover, now Austria is now having the legal status of the controversial King Abdullah Centre (KAICIID).The Centre has been criticized by representatives of civil society who are concerned with Saudi Arabia's poor human-rights record in fears that the KAICIID would in fact be misused as a bridge-head for spreading Wahhabism in Austria and Europe.
Also recently Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl ask the European Union to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying such action could also help end “the terrible war in Yemen”.
A Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen’s war in 2015 has conducted frequent air strikes targeting the civilians, although it denies doing so intentionally.
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The comments from Austria, current president of the EU, came after Germany said it would stop approving weapons exports to Saudi Arabia until Khashoggi’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is cleared up. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s also ask EU countries to do so.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain personal document but never exit.
Riyadh initially denied all knowledge of the journalist's fate but the later under international pressure confirmed that the murder case is a premeditated murder.
The 59-year-old Saudi investigative journalist, had left the country since Mohammad Bin Salman became crown prince of Saudi Arabia for fear of his life.