Fearing Saudi wrath, the West treads cautiously on Jamal Khashoggi case

The Japan Times 

PARIS – U.S. President Donald Trump claims he is being "very tough" with Saudi Arabia and Britain has warned of "serious consequences." But besides demanding the truth about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the West is likely to continue doing business as usual with the Persian Gulf kingdom, experts say. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who had been living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. since late 2017, vanished on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get paperwork for his upcoming wedding. Turkish government sources say the 59-year-old writer, who was critical of some of the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was tortured and murdered there -- a claim Riyadh denies. The high-profile case has drawn attention to the large-scale crackdown on dissenters in Saudi Arabia, which was largely swept under the rug when its new 33-year-old strongman toured the U.S. and Europe earlier this year.

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