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Game Over for Khashoggi Case Politicization Attempts

Game Over for Khashoggi Case Politicization Attempts

Saturday, 17 November, 2018 - 09:45
Salman Al-Dossary
Salman Al-Dossary is the former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.
For over a month, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been the target of fierce and scandalous media campaigns claiming to seek justice for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Adversely, the Khashoggi case has helped provide a chance for conspiring states, politicians and personal opinions to gain momentum worldwide.

Turkey alone has managed to produce hundreds of horror fictions and uncorroborated stories and falsely linked them to Khashoggi’s death. Ignoring cooperation with justice bodies working to uncover the truth behind the case, Ankara resorted to a fiery media outburst instead.

Since the early hours of Khashoggi being reported missing, Saudi Arabia has maintained a fact-based approach and kept away from assumptions and ungrounded reactions.

For the Kingdom one truth prevails: investigations are the ultimate referee.

Transcending biased media accusations, Saudi Arabia has proficiently enacted its authority as a sovereign state and sought justice for a murdered citizen and their devastated family. Saudi prosecution announced seeking the death penalty for five of the defendants.The Kingdom successfully dodged all politicization attempts targeting Khashoggi’s death.

With its transparency, Saudi Arabia has won the battle for the public’s opinion after announcing details of the investigations, despite the gory details and wrongdoing of state employees.

Historically, countries are known too keep cases involving government apparatuses confidential and undisclosed.

From the very first day, the Kingdom was keen on confirming that it has nothing to hide, no one is above the law and circumstantial errors do happen.

Apart from the unarguably appalling incident, it is worth noting that any country in the world staffed with hundreds of thousands of civil servants is prone to operational blunders--and in extreme cases, folly!

Saudi authorities disclosed details of investigations within 47 days.

In contrast, investigations involving a Turkish officer assassinating a Russian ambassador in Turkey took 698 days.

This is proof enough that Riyadh’s approach for dealing with the matter at hand was highly reliant on urgency and transparency, and actively avoided bending truths.

Trying 11 defendants alongside other measures announced by the Saudi judiciary have stolen the thunder from loud politicization attempts, and reinstated the legal course as the only mean to duly punish crime perpetrators and achieve justice.

Unfortunately for states that relentlessly worked on politicizing the murder case, the Kingdom’s calm and decisiveness has brought their ambitions to a screeching halt.

The ball now is the court of the Saudi judiciary alone, and any future attempts will be labeled as unacceptable and a provocative escalation.

Although it has always been difficult to uphold standards of credibility when it comes to provocateur media outlets sacrificing their objectivity and professionalism in favor of improving their ratings, it is necessary that all governments adhere to international norms for respecting the sovereignty of world states.

After Riyadh’s announcement, any inflammatory statement will negatively affect bilateral relationships between the claimant and the Kingdom.

Continued exploitation of the case is not only immoral, but an opportunistic trade made with Khashoggi’s blood, and will not be easily forgiven.

Countries determined on proceeding with their unfounded witch hunt against Saudi Arabia will be perceived as hostile to the Kingdom's sovereignty and stability.

Turkey, for example, instead of fueling a media flurry can simply cooperate with Saudi authorities and exchange any evidence within its possession to help further clear details surrounding the case. Such collaboration will advance investigations, rather than hinder them.

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