By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal
LONDON (AA) – A group of protesters rallied in central London on Thursday, demanding justice for the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, believed have been killed in Saudi consulate in Istanbul a year ago.
The protesters shouted slogans against the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is widely accused of giving orders for the murder, that took place in the Saudi diplomatic mission on Oct. 2, 2018.
“Down down [Mohammed] bin Salman,” and “Justice for Jamal Khashoggi,” they shouted, while gathering in front of the National Gallery near Trafalgar Square.
Also carrying banners, some of which read the word “killer” on the prince’s photograph, the group also used a blimp of bin Salman, which showed blood stains on him.
Khashoggi, a Saudi national and a columnist for The Washington Post, was killed and later his body was dismembered by a group of Saudi operatives in October 2018, shortly after he entered the consulate in Istanbul, to get a marriage certificate.
After weeks of denying involvement, Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate, but claimed that the royal family had no prior knowledge of a plot.
According to reports by the UN and other independent organizations, he was murdered and also his body was dismembered. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accepted responsibility for the killing recently, but denied ordering it.