Jamal Khashoggi, one of the many
US President Donald Trump has said Saudi Arabia could be behind the disappearance of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi and warned Washington would inflict “severe punishment” if he was murdered.
The Saudi critic has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, with Turkish officials accusing Riyadh of murdering him inside the diplomatic mission.
With the mystery over Jamal Khashoggi unresolved 11 days after he walked into the consulate and failed to reappear, a pro-government Turkish daily said the Saudi national had recorded his own interrogation inside the mission on an Apple Watch.
The outcry surrounding his disappearance threatens to not just harm brittle Turkey-Saudi relations but also alarm the kingdom’s supporters in the West.
Saudi regime battles a perennial sense of insecurity. Not being elected to power means the authorities in Ri- yadh feel a constant need to legitimise their grip on power and ensure that their citizens are loyal to them. For decades, lavish social-welfare programs have helped the House of Saud purchase the loyalty of the ruled.
But since the 2011 Arab Spring, the Saudi authorities have felt more insecure than ever. Fall in the global oil prices since 2015 have added to their concerns.
Today, the reformist image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) quite often masks the growing purge of political dissidents happening in the country, under his watchful eyes.
“Families fear to speak when a family member is arrested. There is an unprecedented condition of intimidation and fear in the country,” a Saudi lawyer who lives in Germany told The Daily Beast.
In the last one year, dozens of activists and writers, critical of Saudi policies, especially the war in Yemen, have been arrested, jailed and in many cases tortured. The crackdown is not limited to civilians, the regime has even gone after members of the royal family suspected of