Khashoggi’s Killing (Download PDF)

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A Saudi dissident, journalist for the Washington Post. Murdered on 2nd October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Five people have been sentenced to death. Khashoggi was a former general manager and editor-in-chief of the Al-Arab News Channel. Perpetrated by agents of the Saudi government. The Saudi government admitted that Khashoggi had been killed in a premeditated murder. Intense Global Scrutiny.

Course of the Case

  • Saudi government engaged in an extensive effort to cover-up the killing.
  • Evidences Destroyed.
  • Turkish officials released an audio recording of Khashoggi՚s killing alleging Crown prince of Saudi behind the assassination of Khashoggi.

Magnitsky Act

  • The United States sanctioned 17 Saudi individuals including former bin Salman advisor Saud Al-Qahtani.
  • US President expressed support for bin Salman and allowing the investigation to continue.
  • The Magnitsky Act is formally known as the Russia and Moldova Jackson – Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012.
  • A Bipartisan bill passed by the U. S. Congress.
  • Signed into law by President Barack Obama in December 2012.
  • Trial begins against 11 Saudis accused of involvement in Khashoggi՚s murder in Jan 2019.
  • Saudi court acquitted three defendants in December 2019.
  • Three defendants sentenced five defendants to death and sentenced three defendants to prison terms.

Verdict Response

  • Saud al-Qahtani and Ahmed al-As were released being a high-level Saudi security officials.
  • Five men sentenced to death were foot soldiers in the killing.
  • UN investigation reports were rejected by the Saudi prosecutors.
  • Global legislators rejected Saudi verdict.
  • The verdict was called as a whitewash by the Human rights group Amnesty International.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 1, 2020

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