Khashoggi’s Killers Must Be Brought To Justice, Civil Society Groups Insist
Khashoggi’s Killers Must Be Brought To Justice, Civil Society Groups Insist – The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) and Resource Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education (CHRICED) have insisted that the killers of Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, should be brought to justice.
They argued that failure to do so and allowing the perpetrators to escape justice is capable of endangering the lives of other journalists in the country and beyond.
Condemning Khashoggi’s gruesome murder, they urged international action against the perpetrators to halt further attacks on members of the fourth estate of the realm.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the groups said they believe the United Nations (UN) has a critical role to play in ensuring that Khashoggi and his family get justice.
CHRICED called for a thorough investigation by the UN General Assembly and statutory UN Human Rights bodies to bring the perpetrators to account for their action.
Executive Director of CHRICED, Comrade Ibrahim Zikirullahi, said the claim that Khashoggi was killed in a fight, is a lie, which cannot be substantiated by previous and emerging facts.
It added that the video footage showing a double body leaving the Saudi Consulate in Khashoggi’s clothes was a plot to cover up the killing.
The CLO insisted that the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, who had been an unrelenting critic of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, who disappeared in suspicious circumstances when he went to sign papers for his marriage at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, should be investigated and the killers brought to justice.
“We are appalled that this dastardly act can be executed by Saudi Arabia’s state actors in Turkey, a foreign territory with the aim of silencing dissent,” they stated.
Executive Director of CLO, Ibuchukwu Ezike, noted that the international community was responsible for protecting journalists in their countries and ensuring that those indicted in the murder are made to face the full weight of the law.
“Khashoggi’s killing is an appalling descent to barbarism by the Saudi authorities. It would be a dent on collective global conscience if those remotely and immediately responsible for Khashoggi’s death are not speedily investigated and brought to justice,” the groups added.
In spite of attempts by the defenders of post-fact politics to suggest that such a killing is normal, CHRICED insisted that life is sacred, and it should not be wasted in a bid to silence voices of reasons, which in their own right, add colour and vigour to the human experience.
“The only way to ensure justice for is to insist that those responsible for his death are made to account before the law,” they said.
Before his death, had been on exile in the United States (U.S.) and working for the Washington Post. He was an unrelenting critic of official policies of the Saudi Arabian royal family and had gone to his country’s consulate in Turkey to regularise his marriage papers before he was killed.