Written by- Divy Tandon
“When I speak of the fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds, and then I tell you that I’m from Saudi Arabia, are you surprised?
With young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s rise to power, he promised an embrace of social and economic reform. He spoke of making our country more open and tolerant and promised that he would address the things that hold back our progress, such as the ban on women driving.”
-An excerpt taken from the article written By Jamal Khashoggi for the Washington Post
On the 2nd of October, 2018 Jamal Khashoggi was visiting the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey however he never returned from the embassy. It was reported that this Saudi Arabian national was killed and mutilated inside the embassy by 18 Saudi officials. Initially Saudi Arabia denied all allegations of murdering him however on the 25th of October the attorney general of the country said that the murder was pre planned.
Jamal Khashoggi was a longstanding critic of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad Bin Salman, and even alleged that he had been banned by the social media and was living in exile. The death or in fact the murder of this esteemed journalist has invited the ire of several countries such as Canada, Germany and France to name a few who have suspended all their arms deals with Riyadh.
This news comes amidst the Middle Eastern crisis, where Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of terrorism and the longstanding civil war in Libya for which the countries named have been condemned. On the 10th of November the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdongan reported that the audio of the Khashoggi killing had been proveded to UK, USA, Germany and France, with the CIA yet to certify the MBS report on his killing. As of now reports are coming out of the United States of America, that a bill has been formed which if passed in the House, would suspend the arms deal to Saudi Arabia.
This killing has disturbed the entire Press commenty all over the world with support pouring in for the demised victim. As reported by Al Jazeera, 18 officials were arrested by the Saudi Arabian Government, out of whom 5 were awarded the Death Penalty. As of now the identity of these officials have not been revealed but it was reported that Saudi Arabia will be paying Diya which is financial compensation for murder or bodily harm, under islamic law, to Khashoggi's sons and fiancée.
This murder has shocked the world with there being a bipartisan roaring the Congress with congressmen promising dire consequences to Saudi Arabia. Pressure is being maintained upon Saudi Arabia with UN The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW), and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called on Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres to appoint a committee to investigate the murder. But the presently the case hangs in the air, with the international community waiting upon further developments and evidences.