The Minority in Parliament, has called on the House to condemn the murder of Saudi Arabian Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
Speaking at the commencement of proceedings in Parliament on Wednesday, Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority leader said the act was unacceptable.
Mr. Iddrisu added that Ghana must not stand aloof from these circumstances.
“This Parliament should not accept coverup in the convenient interest of trade with Saudi Arabia. We cannot accept this. If this was done within the corridors of the United States, you know what would have been done. Human rights are indivisible; we’ve all made it a commitment to respect them. The US must respect that criminal activity has been occasioned and ensure that there are no coverups and the perpetrators are punished.”
“I demand that our Parliament condemns this act and that those behind this act are punished accordingly,” he noted.
Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and Saudi royal insider-turned-critic,entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 in order to obtain documents related to his planned marriage.
As no CCTV recorded him exiting the consulate, he was declared a missing person amid news reports claiming that he had been dismembered alive inside the consulate.
An inspection of the consulate, by both Saudi Arabian and Turkish officials, took place on 15 October. Turkish officials found evidence of “tampering” during the inspection and evidence that supported the belief that Khashoggi had been killed.
Initially, the Saudi Arabian government denied the death and claimed that Khashoggi had left the consulate alive but 18 days later said that he had died inside during a fistfight.
This was contradicted on 25 October when Saudi Arabia’s attorney general stated that the murder was premeditated.
Eighteen Saudis were arrested, including the team of fifteen who had been sent to “confront him”.
There is concern that many Saudi critics have gone missing in suspicious ways. The US president and several US senators remain divided as to which, if any economic or other sanctions should be applied to Saudi Arabia.