Washington Buildings Lit up With Khashoggi's Photos on the Second Anniversary of His Gruesome Death

Published October 4th, 2020 - 06:41 GMT
Washington Buildings Lit up With Khashoggi's Photos on the Second Anniversary of His Gruesome Death
Khashoggi's photos were projected on the buildings in memory of the slaim Saudi journalist who had chosen the US for his self-exile prior to his murder in Istanbul. (Twitter: @Timodc)

Two years after the assassination that shocked the world as its details unfolded slowly, human rights activists and journalists remembered the slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by projecting his photos on the Saudi Embassy in Washington DC in addition to the Washington Post's building, as it was the newspaper he had worked for during the last year of his life.

On the 3rd of October 2018, the prominent Saudi journalist was last seen as he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, trying to issue official documents so he could get married to his Turkish fiancee back then.

Two days after Khashoggi had reportedly disappeared, the Turkish police announced that he had been killed only a few minutes after he entered the consulate and that his body was dismembered and dissolved in acid by 15 men who were formed for the mission by Saudi intelligence.

Despite Saudi initial denial of Turkish reports, Saudi officials admitted several weeks later that the journalist was accidentally killed in a botched operation that had aimed to bring him back to KSA. Later, Saudi investigations revealed that the killing was premeditated.

Saudi officials insist that the operation that targeted Khashoggi was not ordered by the Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, of whom the late journalist was critical during the last months of his life, even though a CIA assessment report blamed the killing on MBS in November 2018.

Trials held in Saudi Arabia has sentenced five agents to the death penalty last December. Last May, the Khashoggi family released a statement in which they announced "forgiveness" towards members of the death squad, which eliminates the death sentence. Currently, sentences range between 7 and 20 years of jail.

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