Khashoggi Case Drags On

The McGill Daily - - News - Clau­dia Kitchen News Writer

Ja­mal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Ara­bian con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, Turkey on Oc­to­ber 2. Khashoggi was a jour­nal­ist for The Wash­ing­ton Post, a U.S. res­i­dent, and a critic of the Saudi royal fam­ily. He went to the con­sulate to re­trieve proof of his past di­vorce so he could marry his fi­ancée. Ini­tially, Saudi of­fi­cials had de­nied any knowl­edge of what hap­pened in­side the con­sulate. Later, they re­tracted their state­ment, in­stead say­ing the jour­nal­ist died in a fist fight. Af­ter weeks of pres­sure by Turk­ish pros­e­cu­tors, they ad­mit­ted that the mur­der was pre­med­i­tated, and iden­ti­fied 18 sus­pects in the case.

The Turk­ish gov­ern­ment, un­happy with the way the in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been pro­ceed­ing, has in­sisted that the sus­pects face pros­e­cu­tion in Turkey, but Saudi Ara­bia de­mands that the case be dealt with on their own grounds.

Cur­rently hin­der­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is the un­known where­abouts of Khashoggi’s body. “I want to bury the body of beloved Ja­mal. There­fore I am ask­ing once again, where is his body? I be­lieve that the Saudi regime knows where his body is. They should an­swer my de­mand,” said Hat­ice Cen­giz, Khashoggi’s fi­ancée. De­spite pres­sures from Turk­ish of­fi­cials, Saudi au­thor­i­ties have not yet for­feited any in­for­ma­tion per­tain­ing to the lo­ca­tion of the body.

The United States has hes­i­tated to get in­volved in the is­sue, al­though they have con­demned Saudi Ara­bia’s re­sis­tance to a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo stated it would be a “hand­ful more weeks” be­fore the U.S. could re­tal­i­ate. Se­cu­rity in­ter­ests, such as U.S. ac­cess to Saudi Ara­bia’s petroleum re­sources, could be at stake if the U.S. de­cides to fur­ther their in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Khashoggi’s death.

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