Morocco's Prince Moulay Hicham Condemns Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Morocco's Prince Moulay Hicham Condemns Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Morocco's Prince Moulay Hicham Condemns Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

He was seeking to secure documentation for his forthcoming marriage when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday. "This is a horrific escalation in the crown prince's campaign to silence dissent, to silence any criticism, even the mildest of criticism, from Saudis at home or overseas", says columnist for The Intercept Mehdi Hasan, who is also host of "UpFront" at Al Jazeera English, where he interviewed Khashoggi earlier this year. He told her to call an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if he did not return.

"Jamal is not dead!"

Mr Khashoggi's fiancé, Hatice Cengiz, was also hopeful. If the killing is confirmed, those responsible for this heinous crime must be held accountable, ' she added.

The consulate insists the writer left its premises, contradicting Turkish officials.

The White House has not otherwise commented on Khashoggi's disappearance after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Another unnamed government official told AFP that: "Based on their initial findings, the police believe that the journalist was killed by a team especially sent to Istanbul and who left the same day".

But he added that diplomatic cars had been seen moving in and out.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is believed to be personally following the case as he described Mr Khashoggi as a "journalist I knew for a long time" and a "friend".

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Speaking on Al Jazeera's UpFront earlier this year, Khashoggi said that there was no space for debate in Saudi Arabia with intellectuals and journalists jailed for questioning policies. He said press coverage had been rushed and unfair to Khashoggi. "We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it's not free armament", the Saudi crown prince said in a Bloomberg interview conducted on Wednesday and published on Friday.

"It is very, very upsetting for us that it happened in our country", he lamented.

David Rohde, executive editor of The New Yorker tweeted out, "The journalist Jamal Khashoggi had said that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has 'no tolerance or willingness to accommodate critics'". Using the Washington Post platform, Mr. Khashoggi took the risky step of publicly calling out his government's continued policy blunders from the disastrous war in Yemen, the jailing of Saudi royals and business people in the Riyadh Ritz Carlton almost a year ago, the imprisonment of Saudi activists, from women's rights defenders to poets and intellectuals, to the overreaction to Canada's tweet supporting jailed Saudi human-rights activists. But if proven, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi would be the most serious diplomatic crisis between the two in living memory. Khashoggi is a critic of the Saudi regime.

"For his domestic reform programme, the crown prince deserves praise".

Khashoggi is a USA resident and a contributor to the Washington Post, but neither the White House nor the state department has issued a significant response.

The organization wrote that Saudi Arabia "channels funds to media organizations all over the world" including the United Kingdom - and that the funding usually takes the form of outright donations or the buying up of thousands of subscriptions, as was the case when a struggling Lebanese TV network adopted a pro-Saudi editorial policy after taking a $2 million bailout from Riyadh.

Ankara's search request was made after the foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador for a second time on Sunday over the journalist's disappearance. It would take some deft diplomacy, but perhaps the Trump administration could forge a quiet deal with Ankara that includes Brunson's release and the cancellation of Turkey's purchase of S-400 missiles from Russian Federation in exchange for robust collaboration with the United States against Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi case.

"I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice", he wrote in September 2017.

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