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Jamal Khashoggi killing

Jamal Khashoggi murder: the West must insist that justice is done in Saudi Arabia

  • The US and UK should insist on observing the trials of those accused of killing the Saudi journalist
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 November, 2018, 4:03pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 November, 2018, 4:03pm

If the Saudi Arabian government continues to insist on trying their 18 subjects arrested for complicity in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia, other responsible governments, including the US and UK – two of its closest allies – must insist that any such trial is held in the public eye, with international observers (“Saudi king tours country as Khashoggi crisis rages abroad”, November 7).

How convenient for those who would prefer to be able to “forget” this incident, if swift “justice” were meted out by the Saudi judicial system, and the only people capable of revealing what really happened – and who knew about it – were summarily executed.

The US and UK governments should insist in the strongest possible terms that they, and other international observers, be present at all times during the process, including interrogations.

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A timeline of Saudi statements on the killing of Khashoggi

If the highest levels in the Saudi royal family are indeed “clean” and innocent of any involvement in terms of directly sanctioning this murder, they should have nothing to hide and be willing to oblige.

Dr J R Fearon-Jones, Cambridgeshire