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29 October 2018 - 11:06
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Rasa - A leading Arab newspaper referred to the mellow reaction by the western countries to Saudi Arabia's murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, accusing them of preferring financial benefits to human rights.
Saudi King Salman (R) greets US President Donald Trump during his maiden trip to Riyadh on May 21, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

RNA - "It seems that US President Donald Trump who had clearly said that he was not willing to stop selling weapons to Riyadh for Khashoggi's killing is not the only person who prefers money to human rights," al-Ray al-Youm newspaper wrote on Sunday.


It referred to Canadian prime minister's similar remarks last Tuesday who had expressed concern about Khashoggi's murder but meantime, stressed that annulment of the contract to export armored vehicles to Saudi Arabia is difficult, and said money seems to be more important than human rights to Ottawa.


The newspaper also pointed to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's position where Khashoggi was murdered, and underlined that he had threatened to reveal all realities about the brutal killing but he was dissuaded after meeting Director of the CIA Gina Haspel.


Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Following weeks of denial, Riyadh admitted on October 19 that the journalist had been killed in a brawl inside the Saudi consulate, stating, however, that it had been a rogue operation carried out by agents who had exceeded their authority.


On Thursday, the Saudi prosecutor-general announced that, according to the interrogated suspects, Khashoggi's murder had been premeditated.



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