Another dissident journalist has reportedly been tortured and killed in Saudi Arabia. Turki Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Jasser is said to have been murdered in jail a month after Jamal Khashoggi was slaughtered in the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate.
News site The New Khaleej reported Al-Jasser’s death on Saturday quoting human rights sources. The report has not been confirmed.
Human rights groups say the Saudi government believed Al-Jasser secretly ran a Twitter account called Kashkool, which exposed human rights violations by officials and the royals.
Saudi spies in Twitter’s regional HQ in Dubai unmasked him and he was arrested in March, according to reports.
The spy ring was said to be run by Saud al-Qahtani, Crown Prince Mohammad’s ‘thuggish’ aide who was demoted after being blamed for the Khashoggi crisis.
If true, the revelations that Saudi Arabia is still killing journalists even after the uproar caused by the Khashoggi scandal will dismay the West.
It comes after Turkish media claimed yesterday that Saudi consulate staff tried to dismantle CCTV equipment at their Istanbul compound to help cover up Khashoggi’s murder.
Workers attempted to tear out a security camera inside the building on October 2, the day the writer walked in and was killed, according to reports in Turkey.
Attempts were also made at tampering with a video system in the police security booth outside the complex days later, it is claimed.
According to Turkey’s pro-government Sabah newspaper, a member of staff at the consulate went to access the police security post video system at 1am on October 6.
Sabah said the same individual entered a digital lock code into the system to block access to footage showing movements at the entrance – including the moment Khashoggi arrived at the consulate. Read more
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