Saudi friend of Khashoggi files suit against Is­raeli sur­veil­lance firm

StarMetro Vancouver - - CANADA & WORLD - Tia Gold­en­berg

JERUSALEM—A Saudi dis­si­dent has filed a law­suit against an Is­raeli sur­veil­lance com­pany, claim­ing its so­phis­ti­cated spy­ware tar­geted him and helped lead to the killing of his friend, Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi.

The suit, filed in a Tel Aviv court on Sun­day, fol­lows oth­ers pre­vi­ously filed against the com­pany. But be­cause of its links to the in­ter­na­tional

outrage over the killing of Khashoggi, it is likely to shine a larger spot­light on the com­pany and the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment, which li­censes the ex­port of the sur­veil­lance tech­nol­ogy.

The com­pany called the law­suit “com­pletely un­founded,” say­ing it shows “no ev­i­dence that the com­pany’s tech­nol­ogy was used.”

Ac­cord­ing to the law­suit, Omar Ab­du­laziz, a sharp on­line critic of the Saudi roy­als and a res­i­dent of Canada where he has re­ceived asy­lum, said he was friends with Khashoggi and worked with him on a project meant to rein in promonar­chy Saudi trolls.

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Omar Ab­du­laziz claims that spy­ware tar­get­ing him­self and his friend, Ja­mal Khashoggi, led to Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Ara­bia’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul in Oc­to­ber.

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