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.
Today is also the 2nd anniversary of Jamal Khashoggi's murder by a team of Saudi assassins in Istanbul. Overnight, his image was projected onto the Saudi embassy in DC and other buildings across town. https://t.co/4p9EX2NNcA pic.twitter.com/5iDckNbnae— Alexander Marquardt (@MarquardtA) October 2, 2020
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.
2 years ago Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey & never came out. He was brutally assassinated, dismembered & burned.— Freedom First (@freedomfirst) October 2, 2020
Today we keep his memory alive & send a message to his murderers: We will not stand down until justice is served #FreedomFirst pic.twitter.com/wXZsn2bIRd
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