Some media outlets are reporting alleged new and horrific details regarding the mysterious disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Circumstantial evidence would seem to indicate a murder inside the embassy, something the Saudis have denied.
International reaction has been muted, and may stay that way.
Elliot Tepper (PhD) is a professor of International Relations at Carleton University Senior Research Fellow Centre for Security, Intelligence and Defence Studies, NPSIA, Carleton University.Listen
What we know for certain is that Jamal Khasogghi, who has been a critic of the Saudi regime, entered the Saudi embassy in Instanbul, Turkey, two weeks ago (Oct 2) to get a document related to his marriage and hasn’t been seen since.
Turkish authorities claim to have evidence of a brutal murder. A group of 15 Saudis, some connected with the state security service, arrived at the embassy prior to Khasoggi’s arrival, one allegedly carrying a surgical bone saw, and left shortly afterward to return the same day to Saudi Arabia.
In the face of mounting circumstantial evidence, world leaders have expressed concern, but not much else.
Canada’s Prime Minister earlier this week said, “”We have real concern about the reports coming out on the situation of this journalist. We’re very much working with our allies in the international community to try and bring forward a concerted, or at least an aligned, response as we learn more about this situation”. Canada has also called for an investigation.
Turkish forensic teams have been investigating this week.
US President Trump has been criticised for expressing a sort of ‘wait and see” attitude noting that the Saudis are huge buyers of American technology, much of it military in nature. The G7 nations foreign ministers have signed a statement demanding answers about the disappearance.
Some media outlets are saying the Saudi officials are apparently changing the story apparently saying Khashoggi died during an interrogation.
Professor Tepper, points out that the Saudis are fully aware of their economic power by controlling a significant percentage of the west’s oil needs. As such he suggests this has given them a sense of impunity, while other countries weigh their potential ability to respond in light of oil needs and other economic interests.
Prime Minister Trudeau has allowed the continued $15-billion sale of armoured vehicles to the Saudis
- CBC: J Wildeman: Oct 18.18: Khashoggi execution
- CBC: Oct 15/18: Trudeau “real concerns”
- VOA: J Dettmer: Oct17/18: EU wrestles with Khashoggi quandary
- Global TV: K Dangerfield: Canada continues armoured vehicle sales
- Guardian (UK): J Elgot: Oct 18/18: British minister pulls out of Saudi forum
- Newsweek: T O’Connor Oct 8/18: What happened to Khashoggi?
- Global TV: Oct 16/18: Saudis changing story?
- Global TV: Oct 17: Video report: timeline of disappearance
- BBC: M Lowen: Oct 11.18: Mystery puts ties with West at risk
- Bloomberg Opinion: D Fickling: Oct 16/18: why skipping Saudi forum isn’t enough