According to reports, the kingdom’s authorities claimed early on Saturday that The Washington Post columnist died after what it described as a ‘fist fight’ inside the building and 18 Saudi citizens were arrested over the killing.
The said journalist, Khashoggi, an unrepentant ideological critic of Mohammed Salman, the Crown Prince, reportedly went missing on October 2 after entering the consulate in Istanbul to obtain necessary documents pursuant to his upcoming marriage.
Before this time, Saudi officials had maintained a denial that Khashoggi had been killed, mutilated and dismembered inside the diplomatic building, insisting he had left the consulate before his disappearance.
In a series of reactions from the global community, there has been serious condemnations of this dastardly act of gruesomeness.
Reporters Without Borders has, on Saturday called on the international community to keep up the pressure on Saudi Arabia after its admission that Khashoggi died in its Turkish consulate,
Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of the Paris-based media rights watchdog tweeted that Saudi Arabia must be made to account for the death of the Journalist. According to him:
“Any attempt to get rid of the pressure on Saudi Arabia and to accept a compromise policy would result in giving a ‘license to kill’ to a Kingdom that puts in jail, lashes, kidnaps and even kills journalists who dare to investigate and launch debates,” he wrote.
“After the recognition of Khashoggi’s death, we expect a determined, constant and powerful pressure to be kept on Saudi Arabia in order to get the whole truth on the case and the release of Saudi Arabian journalists [who have] been condemned to crazy and horrible sentences,” he added.
Investigation Must be Impartial – Amnesty International.
On its own contribution, Amnesty International has questioned the credibility, impartiality, and objectivity of the purported investigation being carried out by the authorities in Saudi Arabia on the killing of the journalist, after the authorities had said that Jamal died in a fight.
Rawya Rageh of Amnesty International said early on Saturday that what is needed is “an impartial and independent investigation by the UN to find out what happened and ensure justice” for Khashoggi.
She said rights groups have been concerned of a “whitewash” in the investigation.
UN Is Deeply Troubled.
According to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, the world body is “deeply troubled” by Riyadh’s confirmation of Khashoggi’s death, report says.
He therefore called for a “prompt, thorough, transparent” investigation into the circumstances and event of the killing and further demanded that there should be full accountability for those who were involved.
A statement by the U.N Chief’s office states: “The secretary-general is deeply troubled by the confirmation of the death of Jamal Khashoggi. He extends his condolences to Mr Khashoggi’s family and friends,”.
It Is Unacceptable – Donald Trump.
Although President Trump of the United States said Saudi Arabia’s explanation for how Khashoggi was killed was credible, he however made it clear to the authorities and the world that what happened at the consulate is “unacceptable”.
Addressing reporters at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona, Trump described Khashoggi’s death as a “horrible event” that has not gone “unnoticed”, but he noted the announcement on the circumstances of the journalist’s death was a “good first step”.
“Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable,” Trump said.
He also said he prefers any sanctions against Riyadh not include cancelling multibillion-dollar defence deals.
Earlier, Sarah Sanders, White House spokesperson had said in a statement that Washington acknowledged Saudi Arabia’s announcement and was “closely” following the developments.
“We will continue to closely follow the international investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent, and in accordance with all due process,” Sanders said.
Gideon I. Onyedi,