Watchdog calls for international probe into fate of Saudi writer

Amman - International media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), on Wednesday called for an independent international investigation into the fate of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing since last week.

Khashoggi, 59, has not been heard from since he entered the consulate building on October 2 for some paperwork required to marry his Turkish fiancee.
Saudi Arabia said Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after going in and has denied an allegation lodged by some Turkish authorities that he was killed inside.
“The traditionally opaque methods used by Saudi Arabia to silence critical journalists constitute grounds for fearing the worst in the case of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance,” said Sophie Anmuth, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.
“We call for an independent international investigation to determine as quickly as possible what has happened to Khashoggi," Anmuth added.
On Tuesday, three human rights monitors for the United Nations called for an independent investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.
Khashoggi has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since last year.
The US-educated journalist has repeatedly criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for several decisions, including the Saudi-led war in Yemen and a diplomatic spat with Canada after Ottawa expressed alarm at the imprisonment of a Saudi rights activist.

Wednesday, October 10th 2018

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