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It Wasn’t Just Khashoggi: A Saudi Prince’s Brutal Drive to Crush Dissent

19/03/2019

Yesterday Adam blogged about the inappropriate comments from Saudi Arabia re the Christchurch Shooting.

Today in the NY Times an article by Mark Mazetti and Ben Hubbard – It Wasn’t Just Khashoggi: A Saudi Prince’s Brutal Drive to Crush Dissent – this details a campaign waged by Saudi intelligence on dissidents with the approval and positive reinforcement of Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia authorized a secret campaign to silence dissenters — which included the surveillance, kidnapping, detention and torture of Saudi citizens — more than a year before the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, according to American officials who have read classified intelligence reports about the campaign.

At least some of the clandestine missions were carried out by members of the same team that killed and dismembered Mr. Khashoggi in Istanbul in October, suggesting that his killing was a particularly egregious part of a wider campaign to silence Saudi dissidents, according to the officials and associates of some of the Saudi victims.

Members of the team that killed Mr. Khashoggi, which American officials called the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group, were involved in at least a dozen operations starting in 2017, the officials said.

Some of the operations involved forcibly repatriating Saudis from other Arab countries and detaining and abusing prisoners in palaces belonging to the crown prince and his father, King Salman, the officials and associates said. MORE AT LINK – well worth a look

The idea that Saudi Arabia can take a moral position re Christchurch is an abomination. The Saudi regime is corrupt and evil. They engender hate and division with their perverted world view.

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