Saudi friend of Khashoggi files suit against Israeli surveillance firm
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.