Harvard cancels Saudi Prince's lecture over Khashoggi’s murder
The Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center cancelled Saudi prince's long-planned lecture in Cambridge over Khashoggi's killing.
Iran Press/ America: The Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center has cancelled Saudi prince, Turki al_Faisal's long-planned lecture in Cambridge as his family faces mounting scrutiny over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reported the Harvard Crimson, the daily student newspaper of Harvard University.
The move by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs to disinvite the Saudi prince, comes one month after Khashoggi — a Washington Post columnist and one-time ally of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — was killed under mysterious circumstances in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Representatives for the Saudi royal family, including Turki, initially denied any involvement with Khashoggi’s death.
"We must use our voices and our platforms to demand the truth. And not only from the Saudis. We must demand accountability from our own leaders who should be holding the perpetrators of this barbaric crime responsible but, so far, have not."warned Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain a document certifying he divorced his ex-wife so he could remarry.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reacted to the Saudi announcement, saying he was "deeply troubled" by the confirmation of Khashoggi’s death, a UN spokesman said.
The spokesman also said Guterres “stresses need for prompt, thorough, transparent investigation” into circumstances, and full accountability for those responsible.”
In an opinion piece published in The Washington Post, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday , November 2, Turkey knows the perpetrators are among the 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia, Anadolu Agency reported.
"We also know that those individuals came to carry out their orders: Kill Jamal Khashoggi and leave. Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government," said Turkish President.
Erdogan said Turkey's efforts led the world to learn Khashoggi was killed in cold blood by a death squad and established his murder was premeditated.
"Yet there are other, no less significant questions whose answers will contribute to our understanding of this deplorable act," said Turkish President, including the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body, the identity of the "local collaborator" who was given his remains, and who ordered the killing.
"Unfortunately, the Saudi authorities have refused to answer those questions," said Erdogan, who pledged to keep asking questions, which he said were crucial to the Turkish probe into the murder.
"At the very least, he deserves a proper burial in line with Islamic customs. We owe it to his family and friends, including his former colleagues at The Post, to give them an opportunity to say their goodbyes and pay their respects to this honorable man," said Turkish President.
Earlier, In a joint statement issued on October 21, the three countries stressed that urgent clarification is needed about Jamal Khashoggi's death, and emphasised that the version of events proposed by the Saudi investigators requires more facts to back it up. 203/103