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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
By:Son of the late President Idi Amin Dada
Date: Friday, 19 October 2018, 5:51 pm

PUBLIC LETTER TO KING SALMAN BIN ABDUL AZIZ ON THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JAMAL KHASHOGGI

Date: 18/10/2018

Your Majesty,

It has been difficult for me to decide to publicly offer an opinion
and condolences following the alleged brutal murder of Mr. Jamal
Khashoggi. A shocking event that should not be left unchecked.

Isn't it true that in the case of murder, and in the true Saudi
Shariah justice tradition, the criminals head has to roll publicly?

Given the ongoing investigation about what might have happened inside
the Royal Saudi Consulate in Turkey on that fateful October 2nd day, I
kindly ask that those responsible for any crime be held fully
accountable, and that justice fully prevails.

Your Majesty, Saudi Arabia is now being presented as a rogue state.
Worse still, a criminal state. This is definitely not the Saudi Arabia
we know. Nor the happy, dignified and solemn land we were hosted and
raised in as young children with our late father.

My sincere advice is that there is need for a new, more restrained
general political direction. One that puts a definite cap on the
possibility of any recklessness by any person or institution
representing Saudi Arabia, its government, and/or its people.

Indeed we celebrate all the positive political, economic and social
developments that we have seen for ourselves occurring in the Kingdom
in recent decades, and those planned for the future (i.e. Agenda
2030).

The Future Investments Forum must go on despite the withdrawals from
several global invitees. It is now a challenge to see that the event
and its investment and policy proposals succeed beyond expectations.

Other senior delegates and major investment partners from other area's
of the world, including from Asia, the Middle East, Turkey, Africa,
Russia, China, Eastern Europe, Japan, and South America, could be
invited to replace those who have politicized the event and left by
their own will.

While their departure might be an orchestrated move from one small but
vocal corner of the international community, that should not deter
Saudi Arabia and its many, less extravagant but true friends who are
only waiting for a rightful opportunity to embark on any meaningful
venture together.

However, it is painful to see the image of Saudi Arabia drowning in
the gutters of one bloody international crisis to the next, all in
such a short time span. And an increasing number of ordinary
apolitical Muslims around the world feeling extremely sad about all
the media reports of death and destruction involving the name of the
Kingdom.

Respect for human dignity, respect for human life, respect for freedom
of expression, and respect for due process are what the killers of Mr.
Khashoggi have completely trampled.

And if they walk Scott-free, we might again see similar despicable
extra-judicial acts by individuals simply thinking that they are above
all law, and the Kingdom further damaged simply because those
responsible would not have met any stern Justice for this crime.

Saudi Arabia is on record recently advocating for tolerance and even
respect for other faiths. This is the spirit that should have
prevailed despite whatever someone might have written or said in the
media.

And those of us who remain steadfast in our support for the Kingdom,
we genuinely want nothing less than the Saudi Arabia to emerge with
all its honour and integrity intact and shining after the current
negative developments on its name.

We in the Amin family know too well the ill effects of such bloody
stigma being tagged on any individual or any country.

But our late father had Saudi Arabia at heart and was very close to
the Royal family including all Your Majesty's brothers and Saudi Kings
from the time the late King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz first visited Uganda
in 1972 up to when my father passed away during the reign of Your
Majesty's predecessor the late King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz.

Your Majesty surely knows about this particular history far better
than I who was quite young during most of those years.

But I pray that whatever decision is taken, and whatever political
direction the Kingdom embraces going forward, a light of wisdom, peace
and tranquility shines again on our beloved Kingdom whose 88th
National Day we happily celebrated just recently together with Saudi
citizens and many well wishers around the world.

Thank you for any consideration to these few words of honesty from a
genuine patriotic friend and genuine brother to the people of Saudi
Arabia whose true, noble, charitable and hospitable nature we know
first hand.

Indeed God bless Saudi Arabia.

Signed: Hussein Lumumba Amin.
Son of the late President Idi Amin Dada