Saudi Arabia’s account on the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, shifted from denial of his killing to a “rogue operation”. Not everyone in the Arab world believes that.
More than two weeks after Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared during his visit to the Kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Arabia finally admitted that he never left the building and in fact, was killed there.
Turkish authorities have not accused Saudi Arabia of the killing of Khashoggi, on the record, until very recently, but a stream of details became public through leaked anonymous Turkish security sources.
On Monday, CNN showed a leaked video of Saudis using a body double who left the consulate with Khashoggi’s clothes and later dumped them in a public dumpster.
Although admitting to the killing, Riyadh said it didn’t know where the body of the journalist was, and fired intelligence officials and arrested 18 Saudi suspects as part of an investigation.
Many Arab states, especially the Kingdom’s allies in the region remained silent on the killing or declared support to Riyadh. But the public’ reaction wasn’t always in line with the governments’ reactions. Some said the Kingdom’s final account was far from being satisfying or transparent enough.
A Saudi activist who lives in the US, Amani al Ahmadi ,said the Kingdom’s investigation wouldn’t be credible. Like many others, Nora Abdulkarim, a Saudi-American activist also wasn’t satisfied by the Saudi explanation of how the incident took place.
You can’t have the prime suspect in a murder case lead the investigation. This is why the Saudi investigation is not credible. Spitting lies one after another, they can’t even keep up with one lie. Seriously! Just activate the #MagnitskyAct & launch an independent investigation.— Amani Al-Ahmadi (@amani_aal) October 21, 2018
I am not only heartbroken over what you did. I am heartbroken over how you compelled us to respond. And over the likely implications of our response.— Nora Abdulkarim نورة الدعيجي (@Ana3rabeya) October 22, 2018
No one intended to go hard.
But you drove us to it.
You took his life. In malice.
& You tried to get away with it.#JamalKhashoggi
Mohammed Mahsoob, Former Egypt Minister of Parliamentary affairs said, "The escape of the real culprits in the assassination of #Jamal_Khashoggi from justice will be a light for every tyrant to liquidate his opponents abroad. The perpetrators in the #Rabia_massacres and #syria butcherings has allowed eliminating dissent in the interior to be a government method. Humanity is faced with a real test. Lasting interests won’t survive without respect for people’s rights."
إفلات الجناة الحقيقيين في اغتيال #جمال_خاشقجي— Mohamed MAHSOOB (@MohammedMAHSOOB) October 21, 2018
من المحاسبة سيكون ضوءا لكل مستبد لتصفية معارضيه بالخارج..
عدم محاسبة الجناة في #مجزرة_رابعة وفي مجازر #سوريا جعل تصفية المعارضين بالداخل منهج حكومات..
الإنسانية أمام اختبار حقيقي...
المصالح الدائمة لن تبقى إلا باحترام حقوق الشعوب..
Dina Khatib, a journalist based in Qatar called on journalists to be clear on the language while covering the Khashoggi “assassination.”
“At least in respect of your colleague, Jamal Khashoggi. What happened to him could happen to any reporter if journalists do not come together to prevent a recurrence. Defend yourself and the minds of others. 15 against 1 is not (simply) a death,” she said.
الرجل قتل. هذه جريمة قتل. أو اغتيال. ليست وفاة. افتحوا المعجم لتعرفوا الفرق، وأنتم تعرفونه جيداً. على الأقل من باب احترامكم لزميل مهنتكم #جمال_خاشقجي. ما حصل له قد يحصل لأي صحفي إن لم يتكاتف الصحفيون لمنع تكرار ذلك. دافع عن نفسك وارحم عقول الآخرين.— Dima Khatib أنا ديمة (@Dima_Khatib) October 21, 2018
١٥ ضد ١ ليست وفاة
"I hope the truth is not lost and Khashoggi's blood is not wasted by the silence of his countrymen and their whitening of rulers," Sana Mahfoudhi, a Twitter user based in Tunisia said.
"Jamal was killed for the sake of freedom of speech and his defence and his stand with the detainees who raised their opinions."
ارجو ان لا تضيع الحقيقة و يذهب دمه هدرا جراء صمت ابناء بلده و تبييضهم للحكام— sana mahfoudhi (@sanamahfoudhi) October 15, 2018
اما خشية على ارواحهم او لطبع فيهم
قتل جمال من اجل حرية الراي و دفاعه و وقوفه مع معتقلي الراي
ياااااااااااااه#الحقيقة_من_أجل_جمال #أين_جمال_خاشقجي#قل_كلمتك_وامش https://t.co/7gLO766tvX
On the other hand, Saudi supporters praised Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, also known as MBS on how he dealt with the situation. Most of the support tweets gathered under the Arabic hashtag standing for #Saudi_Kingdom_of_Justice
To expect Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), a young leader with only a few years of experience, to have handled such a political calamity with the virtuoso performance of a seasoned, wise, experienced Western politician is unfair and malicious.— Ali Shihabi (@aliShihabi) October 20, 2018
#مملكه_العدل_السعوديه— محمد آل حنيف (@mamhanaif) October 19, 2018
This is the Saudi state of justice does not hide the truth and does not defend the criminal and show the facts transparently contributed and participated in the disclosure of truth does not flatter anyone ،will take every unjust penalty, whatever it may be
Some Twitter users said the pressure on the Saudi Government was unjustified.
#مملكه_العدل_السعوديه When the Kingdom declared its transparency— Dalal (@dra13813994) October 20, 2018
About the death of Jamal Khashoggi
the enemies became happy ???
Because their cause is not Jamal?
Their cause is Saudi Arabia.
The Great Kingdom will not accept injustice
Or falsification of justice
ذهبت بي الظنون شرقا وغربا في قضية خاشوقجي ولكن لم يرد في ذهني أنه قد يموت على أيدي مواطنيه..شيء مؤسف لا شك..ولكن المبهج أنه سيفتح ملفات فساد كثيرة..والوطن فوق الجميع..— تركي الحمد T. Hamad (@TurkiHAlhamad1) October 20, 2018