To honor murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Washington City Council has decided to change the name of the street in front of the Saudi Arabian Embassy. It will now be called âThe Way of Saudi Arabiaâ.
The Council Reports Bill stated: âThrough his journalism, Jamal Khashoggi was a strong advocate for democracy, human rights and the rule of law. By designating the street facing the Royal Saudi Arabian Embassy past Jamal Khashoggi, the district is creating a memorial in his honor that can neither be covered up nor suppressed. “
The decision came after the council voted unanimously. As part of the process, the council bill will be signed by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser. Also, there should be no objection to the US Congress, which is reviewing all laws of the US Capital Government.
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Khashoggi was a prominent US-based journalist in exile. He was strangled to death by a commando team at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and his body was later dismembered.
His body has never been found.
He went to the consulate on October 2, 2018 to complete the papers necessary for his fiancÃ©e’s wedding. The authorities have since tracked down his murderers.
In the latest development, a key suspect in the murder has been arrested at Charles de Gaulle airport. Khalid Alotaibi was arrested at the airport as he was reportedly preparing to fly to Saudi Arabia. However, it was later declared to be a case of mistaken identity.
(With contributions from agencies)