Jamal Khashoggi Killed By Saudi Security

Jamal Khashoggi a Saudi citizen but resident of the US and opinion columnist for the Washington Post entered the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. His fiancé was waiting outside, he never exited and was killed by Saudi Arabian security personnel and his cut his body into pieces. The international community was enraged, and the act has hurt Saudi ties with parts of the Western World.

Jamal bin Ahmad Khashoggi was born in Saudi Arabia in 1958. He was a well known Saudi journalist who was close the regime for almost his whole career. In 2017 he started to be critical of some of the actions of the region especially of those of the Saudi Crown Prince. He left Saudi Arabia in May of 2017 and began soon working for the Washington Post as an opinion writer. Khashoggi who had been well known in journalist circles even before he began working for the Post had a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

On October 2, 2018, he entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to receive paperwork on his previous divorce that would allow him to marry his fiancé. His fiance waited outside, but he never left the building. In fact, once in the building, he was killed by a squad of Saudi security personnel. His body was taken dismembered and taken out of the building.

The Saudi at first denied that anything had taken place. After the Turkish government proved that he had been killed in the building the government changed its story claiming his death as accidental. As it became evident world outrage at Saudi Arabia became strong, with much of it aimed at the Saudi Crown Prince. The death in such a grisly fashion of an individual who was well known especially by much of the journalist world resulted in what to some was just another act by a government which has little concern for things such as human rights into a significant problem for the Saudi government. One whose impact while not permanent seriously wounded the image that Saudi Arabia was trying to protect,