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Saudi Arabia must answer for Jamal Khashoggi

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Saudi Arabia must answer for Jamal Khashoggi

If the Saudi journalist in exile was abducted and murdered, as many fear, a full accounting is needed writes the Editorial commentator of The New York Times . Last Tuesday, Jamal Khashoggi, the self-exiled Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist, walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get some divorce papers. He has not been seen since. Turkish officials have raised the horrendous possibility that he was tortured and killed and his body dismembered by a team of Saudi agents. That's a terrible charge. If true, it could hold grave consequences for Saudi Arabia and its relations with the United States, Turkey and other Western states. Turkey should not leave its accusation dangling without official confirmation or evidence, and Saudi Arabia cannot dismiss it with blithe denials. At the very least, it can immediately accede to Turkey's demand to search the consulate. Mr. Khashoggi, 59, had been both a consummate Saudi insider and a bold critic during his career. He was at one time the editor of a major Saudi newspaper, at another an adviser to Saudi ambassadors in Britain and the United States. He was known to journalists as someone who could explain the politics of the House of Saud and its several thousand princes. But with the ascent last year of Prince Mohammed, widely known as M.B.S., who has combined promising social and economic reforms with ruthless suppression of any opposition or criticism, Mr. Khashoggi assumed another role - critic in self-imposed exile. Mr. Khashoggi knew how many of his friends and colleagues were being jailed — The New York Times

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