Saudis shielded from rights vi­o­la­tions, breed­ing ter­ror: diplo­mat

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TEHRAN — Iran’s Am­bas­sador to Lon­don Hamid Baeed­ine­jad has said that it has been for too long that Saudi Ara­bia has been shielded from breed­ing of ter­ror­ism and vi­o­lat­ing the hu­man rights.

“For far too long, Saudi Ara­bia has been shielded from crit­i­cism of its breed­ing of ter­ror­ism and grotesque hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions. Now, it ap­pears that even Saudi crit­ics are mur­dered - in broad day­light, and abroad. Is the West fi­nally ready to do away with dou­ble stan­dards?” he tweeted on Thurs­day.

Ja­mal Khashoggi, a Saudi jour­nal­ist and critic of the cur­rent Saudi govern­ment and Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, en­tered Saudi Ara­bia’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oc­to­ber 2 to ob­tain a doc­u­ment cer­ti­fy­ing he di­vorced his ex-wife and has not been seen since.

Turk­ish sources have told me­dia out­lets they be­lieve he was killed in­side the con­sulate.

A source fa­mil­iar with the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion told CNN that Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties have au­dio and vis­ual ev­i­dence that shows jour­nal­ist Khashoggi was killed in­side the con­sulate.

The source, who was briefed by a Western in­tel­li­gence agency, says the ev­i­dence showed there had been an as­sault and a strug­gle in­side the con­sulate. There is also ev­i­dence of the mo­ment that Khashoggi was killed, the source said.

The for­eign in­tel­li­gence ser­vice was shocked by the na­ture of the ev­i­dence, pro­vided in a brief­ing from Turk­ish of­fi­cials, the source told CNN.

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