By Muyiwa Olayinka
The state sponsored killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist, has put a hole on the freedom of speech and the hollowness on the sanctity of life……………………………
On October 2nd 2018, a Saudi born journalist Jamal Khashoggi, 59, was murdered in cold blood in Saudi Embassy in Turkey. The press world and the entire world were stunned at such a gruesome murder that took place in an embassy and in the 21st century. He had gone to the Saudi embassy to perfect his documents regarding his upcoming wedding to his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. He had been on self-imposed exile in USA due to his caustic and radical postures towards the autocratic and monarchical royal family of his home country, Saudi Arabia. Jamal was very close to the royal Arabia family, once served as an adviser to the government. Things fell apart and in his monthly column in the Washington Post, Jamal had consistently criticized the policies of the royal family including the Crown Prince.
In recent times, the crowned Saudi Prince, Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud, 33, had been autocratic in a bid to introduce far reaching reforms in the oil rich kingdom. The Crown Prince is the second most important position in Saudi Arabia, second to the King, and is his designated successor.
The reported killing of Jamal was so gruesome that he was tortured, murdered and dismembered inside the consulate in Istanbul. The killing was done by 15 Saudi nationals who travelled to Istanbul, the day Khashoggi disappeared. His remains were buried in an unknown destination. The body has not been found as I’m writing this article.
His death was meant to be covered up but unfortunately, the Turkish government would have none of it. They have been keeping up the pressure to unravel this dastard act, thus exposing the inconsistency of the President Donald Trump of United States of America.
President Erdogan of Turkey believed the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government, but the crown prince had denied any involvement. Saudi government claimed it has detained 21 Saudi nationals and dismissed two senior officials (deputy intelligence chiefs). According to them, 11 people have so far been charged over the death and the Saudi’s prosecutor is seeking death penalty for five of them but none had been officially identified.
The Saudi government has refused to extradite the suspects to Turkey to face criminal charges.
The US President, Donald trump decided to stand with Saudi Arabia, its traditional partner in the Middle East that dates back to more than 5 decades. He cited the recently signed multi billion dollars arms deal that may be jeopardized if sanctions are applied. Turkey seems to be alone on this lone journey as the other western nations seems to be buckling and the pressure from western nations seems to have eased. The EU and the United Nations issued statements that are almost inconsequential.
Are the western countries afraid of what may befall them with the recent arrest of the daughter of the founder of Huawei in Canada? Sabrina Meng Wanzhou the Chief Technical Officer of Huawei was arrested in Vancouver, while on transit in Canada. She’s facing extradition to USA, based on alleged violations of US sanctions against Iran and North Korea.
It seems the perpetrators of these heinous crimes will walk free at the end the day. Turkey can bark but cannot bite, pointing to the fact that the death of Jamal Khashoggi could probably in vain. The press may keep up the pressure but it will fizzle out in the nearest future and becomes another mystery and unsolved murder.
Another grand conspiracy covered?