News 11 february — 20:28

Saudis cite US Iraq abuses in defense of Khashoggi hit


Former Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has compared the process that led to last year’s murder of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi to the many rights abuses committed at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Anadolu Agency reports.

Abu Ghraib was a U.S. Army detention center that housed captured Iraqis from 2003 to 2006.   

Answering Margaret Brennan's questions on "Face the Nation" on Sunday, al-Jubeir conceded that Khashoggi’s untimely death late last year had been a "massive tragedy".  

“It was a mistake,” he said. “It was committed by officials of the Saudi government acting outside their scope of authority.”  

Faced with repeated demands for details of the murder and questions regarding the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body, al-Jubeir cited recent examples of rights abuses committed by U.S. forces based overseas.  

“At Abu Ghraib, you had people abusing prisoners -- and the president, vice-president and secretary of state were not even aware of it,” he said. 

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