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US official: Saudi Arabia failed to hold Khashoggi's killers accountable

2019-10-30T00:09:33.244Z



US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker says there has been a failure in the Saudi judicial process to hold those responsible for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi accountable.

Speaking at a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Schenker said the Saudis had been informed.

Schenker said his country was putting pressure on the Saudis to reach a peace deal in Yemen.

In the same context, the Los Angeles Times published a comment by art critic Christopher Knight criticizing the approval of the exhibition "Desert X" American art, located in the Cucilla Valley in southern California, to establish a copy of it in Saudi Arabia.

The critic says that Desert X's stay in Saudi Arabia is "moral corruption" and marks the beginning of the end of a promising art event.

He criticized the organizers' justifications for cooperating with Riyadh. "They are cooperating with one of the most brutal and repressive regimes in the world," he said. He also attacked the participation of one of the organizers in the so-called Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, or the so-called "Davos Desert."

He added that the leaders of the big companies in the world "have to have a discussion on Saudi Arabia, not because everything is fine there but vice versa."

He pointed out that many bankers boycotted the desert Davos last year outraged at the involvement of Saudi Arabia in the murder of Khashoggi, but the situation has changed this year.

He also pointed to the resignation of a number of members of the Board of Directors of the supervising the Desert X, "after expressing their disgust with his stay in Saudi Arabia."

He said that the last article written by Khashoggi and published after his murder entitled "The most important thing that the Arabs need is freedom of expression," and considered that "Desert X Saudi Arabia will not contribute to the realization of Khashoggi's wish."

Source: aljazeera

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