• International rights groups condemn Saudi journalist murder

Amnesty International have condemned the murder of the veteran Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi and asked for an immediate investigation.

Iran press/ Middle EastResearch Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East Lynn Maalouf said: "if the reports about killing of Saudi journalist, Jamal khashoggi, are true it "would be an abysmal new low" for Saudi Arabian authorities.

The director emphasised that "Such an assassination within the grounds of the Consulate, which is territory under Saudi Arabian jurisdiction, would amount to an extrajudicial execution."

The United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye also said on Monday he is sure the international community will not turn a blind eye to the murder of the veteran Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

 

Al-Jazeera TV channel announced on Sunday morning Khashoggi's body was found on a street in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkish officials have concluded that the Saudi Arabian journalist, who had been living in a self-imposed exile in the U.S., was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.

Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, disappeared after going to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday to receive an official document for his marriage, and has not appeared since.

Khashoggi was a critic of the Saudi regime and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He has been missing since he went to the consulate Tuesday to complete paperwork to be married to his Turkish fiancée.

According to Washington post, Turkish investigators believe a 15-member team “came from Saudi Arabia. It was a preplanned murder,” said one of the people. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to follow up personally on the case of Khashoggi, whom he referred to as “a journalist and a friend.”

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Oct 08, 2018 10:30 Asia/Tehran
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