Khashoggi case joins other disappearances of Saudi princes
The high spheres of power in Saudi Arabia are reluctant to receive any criticism of their way of ruling the Arab kingdom for more than 86 years, by an absolute monarchy that silences anyone who dares to oppose its policies, even if it is about some member of the royal family of the Al Saud. This includes the Khashoggi case.
Since the scandal of the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, on October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul (Turkey), the world has witnessed how Riad has wanted to divert media attention on this case by giving evasive to clarify everything that surrounded the disappearance of the columnist of the American newspaper The Washington Post.
At first, Riyadh argued about Khashoggi case that the journalist –opositor to the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and self-exiled in the US in 2017 – he left the consular mission after making arrangements, and did not give any importance to the Turkish leaks that pointed to the participation of several agents linked to Bin Salman in the Khashoggi murder.
But in the end, Saudi Arabia had to surrender to the strong international pressure coming from its allies like the United States and Europe to clarify its role in the morbid affair, and the Saudi Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the death of Khashoggi, at the hands of officers close to the crown prince, was premeditated.
Khashoggi case was not the first one
Silencing opponents is a common practice among Saudi officials, as international media notes, there is evidence that princes Sultan bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Turki bin Bandar and Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Saud , were abducted from their residences in Europe and transferred to the Arab kingdom between 2015 and 2016, without their whereabouts being known until now, according to a report released on the News.con.au.
Prince Sultan bin Turki, who was a frequent critic of the Arab monarchy for human rights abuses, disappeared in February 2016 aboard a plane bound for El Cairo, Egypt. According to the documentary “Kidnapped, The Disappeared Princes of Saudi Arabia“, the royal dissident was kidnapped in mid-air by Saudi agents who diverted the air route by landing in Riyadh instead of the Egyptian capital.
Prince Turki bin Bandar, a former police chief in charge of monitoring the Saudi royal family in the past, staged a family argument over an inheritance, which led to his imprisonment until 2012, then he left and went into exile in Paris, French capital, where he began his opposition activity asking for reforms in his country of origin. Turki bin Bandar disappeared in 2015 without anyone knowing his whereabouts.
But a Moroccan newspaper reported that the prince on one of his trips after visiting Morocco was preparing to return to France when he was arrested by the Moroccan authorities who deported him to Riyadh, at the request of Saudi Arabia.
Almost at the same time that Prince Turki bin Bandar disappeared, another Saudi prince Saud bin Saif al-Nasr, who criticized the Saudi monarchy for the support given to the overthrow of former President Muhamed Mursi in 2013, in a coup led by the the current Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, lost track of him when he gave his explicit support to two letters published in 2015 in which he suggested the dismissal of the then Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
Now, the current crown prince, Muhamad bin Salman, who was involved in the “kidnapping” of the Lebanese premier, Saad Hariri in 2017, is the main sponsor of the Saudi aggression against Yemen and therefore responsible for the deaths of thousands of people and of an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.
With information from Sputnik and AP