Interesting story on my bing page this morning which tells the tale of the whole sordid affair. It describes the reasons behind the 'vanishing', and the players involved on all three sides - Saudi dissidents, Saudi officialdom, and of course those in the west who stuck their heads in the sand.
Here ===> The story of Jamal Khashoggi's murder and how the world looked the other way
Get it while it is hot off the press and in their case could say the pen is mightier than the sword.
The Killing In The Consulate details how Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was lured to the Istanbul consulate before he was choked to death.www.dailymail.co.uk
A former high profile royal advisor Saud al-Qahtani was apparently investigated, not charged and released:Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said on Monday five people had been sentenced to death and three more to jail terms totalling 24 years over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October last year.
Khashoggi was a U.S. resident and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler. He was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, where he was to receive papers ahead of his wedding. His body was reportedly dismembered and removed from the building, and his remains have not been found.
The killing caused a global uproar, tarnishing the crown prince’s image. The CIA and some Western governments have said they believe Prince Mohammed ordered the killing, but Saudi officials say he had no role. Eleven Saudi suspects were put on trial over his death in secretive proceedings in Riyadh.
Saudi Public Prosecutor Shalaan al-Shalaan, reading out the preliminary verdict in the trial, also said Saud al-Qahtani, a former high-profile Saudi royal adviser, had been investigated but was not charged and was released.
Five sentenced to death. Three more sentenced to imprisonment of 24 years between them:Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced five people to death and three to jail over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but a U.N. investigator accused it of making a "mockery" of justice by allowing the masterminds of last year's killing to go free.www.reuters.com
A former high profile royal advisor Saud al-Qahtani was apparently investigated, not charged and released:
The only thing certain is that none of this 8 are any of the main players and probably had nothing to do with it at all. In the west's clamour for justice hey did not take into account the inevitable outcome would be some sacrificial lamb. 8 probably innocent people convicted and the guilty walk free. Had the west said nothing the guilty would still be walking free and as would 8 innocents.
imho this result was pretty much predictable. It’s certainly no surprise that lower order people have been sentenced, while others were absolved.
The UK has, as expected, adopted the 'don't do that again or we'll definitely tell you not to do that again' diplomatic approach.
We have a long history of ex-public school diplomats, adventurers and homosexuals who are traditionally attracted to and overawed by Arabs and all things Arab. Couple this with the inherent British vice of avarice and it is little wonder that the RSA feel free to do exactly as they please without any fear of consequences.