Jamal Khashoggi Murder: Impunity is not an option.
USA Under Donald Trump is Suppressing Evidence with Threats
Mohammad bin Salman ( MbS) ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and communicated his intentions to Jared Corey Kushner, Senior Advisor to POTUS, therefore Donald Trump, in advance of the event.*
Using murder, torture, punishment, fear and push-pull-favour, Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) reminds me of the once governor of Mosul Hassan Saeed Al-Jabouri and the governor of Raqqah, Ali Moussa Al-Shawakh. They were both senior ISIS members and brutal murderers and rapists who pretended to love the people. All they did was terrify people. That’s how they and Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) got their power.
- America’s de facto endorsement of this murder indicates how vile America has become under Donald Trump. Another nation must take the global lead.
- Saudi Arabia has changed its story many times which suggests that as Turkey’s investigation grew, MbS feared the effort to hide evidence had failed.
- Turkish investigators know that MbS gave the order to lure Jamal Khashoggi to the Saudi Arabian consular office in Istanbul and murder him there.
- Following the fastidious removal of recently added paint from a wall in the Istanbul Saudi Consulate, Turkish investigators found splatters of Jamal Khashoggi’s blood on the walls say Turkish investigators.
- An Al Jazeera documentary revealed that Khashoggi’s mutilated corpse was likely burned in the home of the Saudi consulate general in a specially-constructed tandoori oven.
- Persons close to MbS have admitted the ‘kill’ order came from Mohammad bin Salman (MbS)
- USA Senate Foreign Relations Committee has used the what is known as the Magnitsky Act last October, to give the White House 120 days to determine if Riyadh was to blame for the murder. Trump has not responded. (The Magnitsky Act is a bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama in Dec. 2012, intending to punish Russian officials for a wrongful death.)
The US President has begun to ignore the lawful authority of both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.
Who will take the global lead from this failing US democracy?
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Global Civil Society and the UN may need to take a more active role in global matters nation states cannot handle.
There is a growing consensus among Civil Society leaders that there must be no impunity for the person who gave the order to murder Jamal Khashoggi. Some dire steps are being discussed to make this happen including a formal criminal complaint to United States law enforcement, accompanied by a detailed summary of the evidence collected in Turkey.
*According to sources within the American Central Intelligence Agency and the Turkish investigative authorities (remember most men tell their wives and girl friends everything), Mohammad bin Salman ( MbS) ordered the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
But Mr. Khashoggi’s Brutal Murder is not the Only Concern about the MbS ‘Caliphate’
Human rights advocates and various subsets of the United Nations continue to raise the issue of the torturing of human rights defenders who have been held in prisons without contact to the outside world by the ruthless Mohammad bin Salman ( MbS).
List of Human Rights Defenders RINJ Wants Released by Saudi Arabia:
- Abdullah Al Malki, academic and citizen-journalist
- Abdulaziz Meshaal
- Alaa Brinji, journalist for Al-Sharq, El Bilad and Okaz
- *Aisha al-Mana, female human rights defender, director of the Al-Mana General Hospitals and the Mohammad al-Mana College of Health Sciences. She is a feminist who has participated both in demonstrations against the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and in the anti male-guardianship campaign. The RINJ Foundation wants charges dropped for this woman. She has been released mid year.
- Ali Al Omari, founder of the 4Shabab TV channel
- Aziza al-Yousef, female human rights defender
- Eman al Nafjan, women’s rights activist, founder of the Saudi Woman blog is a school teacher and later a university teaching assistant. She earned a master’s degree in teaching English as a foreign language from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. She then taught pre-med English at a university. She was working towards a PhD in linguistics. She was detained by Saudi authorities in May 2018
- Essam Al Zamil, economist and citizen-journalist
- Fadhel al Manafes, a citizen-journalist and human rights defender
- Hatoon al-Fassi was an associate professor of women’s history at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, where she was employed since 1989 and at the International Affairs Department at Qatar University. Al-Fassi claims from her research into the pre-Islamic Arabian kingdom of Nabataea that women in the kingdom had more independence than women in modern Saudi Arabia. She was arrested in June 2018 for believing this.
- Ibrahim al-Modaimeegh
- Israa al-Ghomgham, human rights defender, columnist, citizen journalist, blogger
- Jamil Farsi, businessman and columnist for several Saudi newspapers, including Okaz; much followed on Twitter
- Loujain al-Hathloul, female human rights defender
- *Madeha al-Ajroush, female human rights defender took part in the first protests by Saudi women against the ban on women driving. The RINJ Foundation wants charges dropped for this woman. She has been released mid year.
- Malek al Ahmad, editor of several media outlets, founder of Al Mohayed (“The Neutral One“)
- Mayya al-Zahrani was reportedly arrested on Saturday, hours after posting comments online on the arrest of fellow activist Nouf Abdulaziz
- Mohammed Saud al Bishar, reporter and columnist, including for the Saudi newspaper Twasul
- Nassema al Sadah, women’s rights activist and columnist
- Nazir al Majid, writer and journalist for various media including Al Hayat et Al Sharq
- Nouf Abdelaziz al Jerawi, journalist, blogger and activist
- Raif Badawi, blogger, founder of the Saudi Liberal Network (an online forum)
- Saleh al Shehi, journalist with Al Watan
- Samar Badawi, is an extraordinary and internationally recognized human rights defender. She was arrested by the Saudi authorities again. Canada’s request for her immediate release sparked a major diplomatic dispute between Canada and Saudi Arabia.
- Salman al Awdah, reformist preacher and blogger with many followers
- Waleed Abu al Khair, founder of the Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia