Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and resident of the U.S. who had criticized the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his increasingly repressive rule, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
Evidence suggests he was assassinated and dismembered by agents who are connected to the crown prince.
Khashoggi left the U.S. and flew to Turkey in order to obtain papers that would allow him to marry his fiancee, who is from Turkey. There is video of the journalist walking into the embassy. The Turkish police claim to have evidence of a Saudi team arriving in Turkey, also entering the embassy, and in possession of a bone saw. Later, Turkish officials claim, they left the embassy with suitcases.
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The Saudis deny the report.
critical of Muhammad bin Salman
Khashoggi not only was a regular columnist for the Washington Post with close relationship to Saudi diplomats and journalists, he also translated his articles into Arabic, which made his work readily accessible to Saudi citizens. Through these, he criticized increasing repression in Saudi Arabia, and he called for an end to the war in Yemen.
The message seems clear: dissidents can and will be found and silenced by the Saudi government.
Also, read about MBS’s political start when WordStirs asked: Saudi’s crown prince: how’s that first year on the job?
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