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EU members urge summoning envoy to Riyadh

In a letter addressed to the EU foreign policy chief, 56 European Union members called for summoning the European ambassador to Riyadh over the issue of murdering the prominent Saudi journalist, a Netherlands paper wrote on Tuesday.

According to NRC, Marietje Schaake Member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands wrote on her website that she along with 55 other members of the European Parliament have written a letter to Federica Mogherini.

They have described as anti-human rights slaying Jamal Khashoggi inside Saudi consulate in Istanbul, saying Saudi Arabia is putting governments and international organizations under pressure to turn a blind eye to Riyadh's human rights abuses.

The members of the parliament have suggested the ambassador not to return to Saudi Arabia unless Riyadh stops bombarding civilians in Yemen, taking positive steps in practicing human rights and allowing international inquiry into murdering the dissident journalist.

The 59-year-old Saudi journalist moved to Washington after Mohammed bin Salman was appointed crown prince. A few days before being killed, he was arranging his marriage with a Turkish citizen.

He entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October second to collect paperwork for his marriage, but never went back to his fiancee who was waiting for him in front of the consulate.

The Saudi officials initially denied all allegations but after 18 days, they eventually yielded to international pressure and claimed Khashoggi was killed in a 'fistfight.'

All evidence suggests a death squad deployed by the crown prince to Istanbul is behind the crime.

Ankara has called for the extradition of the accessories to the crime to be brought to justice in Istanbul; a request rejected by the Saudi authorities.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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