As one of the Saudi suspects in the 2018 assassination of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi was being placed in judicial detention in France, a former senior UN human rights official voiced confidence that the arrest of one of the suspects would “be a huge milestone in the battle for justice.” Khalid Aedh al-Otaibi, a former member of Saudi Arabia’s Royal Guard who was named as a suspect in the murder in a United Nations investigation, was allegedly apprehended as he was about to board a flight to Riyadh at Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance organization has voiced support for the country’s information minister, whose earlier appeal for an end to the Saudi-led war in Yemen drew a rebuke from Riyadh and its allied countries. The organization had criticized “the unjust campaign led by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Countries against (the minister George Kordahi) as an aggression on the sovereignty of Lebanon” in a statement made on Thursday.
A former Saudi intelligence official claims that the kingdom’s ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), attempted to assassinate previous King Abdullah with a “Russian poison ring.” In an interview with CBS’s ’60 Minutes,’ Saad Aljabri, a former Saudi government official, said the Crown Prince is a “psychopath who doesn’t feel emotion,” and claimed he has proof that MBS plotted to murder the former king.
According to the journalism studio Project Brazen, Jared Kushner, former White House advisor and son-in-law of former US President Donald Trump, is in discussions to secure up to $2 billion from Saudi Arabia for his private equity business. The money would come from Riyadh’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which is led by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as per the studio, which was created by former Wall Street Journal writers, and the fund for the equity business may eventually reach $5 billion. The target size, however, is unknown.
Newcastle United has given its brand and image to a ruthless regime led by a brutal dictator, the organization established by slain columnist Jamal Khashoggi said on Thursday night, following the football club’s takeover by a Saudi-led consortium. While there was joy in Newcastle after the Premier League confirmed the £300 million deal had been completed, with fans hoping that the new owners would spark a revival in the club’s fortunes, multiple human rights organizations denounced the acquisition, saying it would allow Saudi Arabia to “sportswash” its crimes on the international stage.