THE LEX COLUMN: Saudi Arabia must be held accountable
The West must respond to the alleged killing of Saudi commentator Jamal Khashoggi
There have been moments in history when great leaders have found it necessary to overlook heinous crimes to preserve strategic alliances and further greater interests. The alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi is not one of them. The prominent Saudi commentator has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul more than two weeks ago. Details leaked by Turkish officials suggest that he was killed shortly afterwards in the most blood-curdling manner. If Turkish accounts prove accurate — and officials have claimed to have audio, video and other evidence to back them up — there can be no holding of noses. For all Saudi Arabia’s geostrategic clout, the consequences must be serious. Western countries have stood united in castigating President Vladimir Putin for Russia’s attempted murder of the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter on UK soil. They acted in unison to sanction Moscow even before evidence established the Kremlin’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt. The West m...