Oct 29, 2018, 4:18 PM
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Al Saud history filled with terror, murder: Algerian analyst

Algiers, Oct 29, IRNA – Murder of prominent Saudi critic, Jamal Khashoggi, was not the first case of its kind, the history of Al-Saud is full of abduction and murder of opponents, an Algerian analyst said in a recent interview.

This is not the first time the Saudi rulers attempt to kill their opponents especially those from people of letters, Ahmidah Ayashi told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Referring to Saudi author Nasser al-Saeed who had been the first serious critic of Al Saud, Ayashi said that he was kidnapped by Saudi security forces in Beirut 50 years ago, then executed without being on trial after writing a book about Al Saud history.

The analyst further said that murder of Khashoggi indicated that the remarks made by Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman about deep reforms and freedom of expression in his country are false.

He went on to say that these days many Saudis have been imprisoned just because of expressing their beliefs and ideas.

Turning to the issue of Khashoggi, Ayashi said that Saudi rulers did not expect such reaction worldwide to the case, instead, they thought in vein that the United States will support them unwaveringly.

Meanwhile, they had forgotten that Khashoggi was working for prominent American newspapers and was respected by the US society, Algerian author added.

So that, all those issues created an atmosphere that the US President Donald Trump could not support Saudi Arabia's bin Salman, Ayashi said.

Commenting on the reasons behind the killing of Khashoggi, Ayashi said that the Saudi rulers were afraid of the investigative journalist because they believed he could possibly lead a revolution similar to the Arab Spring that enveloped several largely Muslim countries in 2010.

About the situation of Saudi Arabia these days, the analyst said that there is simmering public discontent in the west and east of the country, even among the family members of Al Saud.

He further said that the situation of Saudi Arabia is moving towards an explosion.

The case of Khashoggi will not simply be forgotten, said he, stressing that the public opinion is following up the case worldwide.

The 59-year-old Saudi investigative journalist, who had left the country since Bin Salman was named crown prince and moved to the US, vanished on October second after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to collect documents for his forthcoming marriage.

After 18 days of silence and rejecting claims that Khashoggi was murdered, the Saudi government finally bowed down to international pressure and admitted the prominent journalist was killed inside Istanbul consulate.

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