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Uber Pulls Out of Saudi Arabian Conference Over Suspected Murder of WaPo Contributor Jamal Khashoggi

Posted on 12 October 2018

Uber is cancelling their involvement in a Saudi Arabian conference amid the controversy over the disappearance of Washington Post Contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

The Turkish police have claimed that they have evidence proving that Khashoggi was tortured and murdered by the Saudi government inside their Consulate in Istanbul.

According to a report from The Hill, Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced on Thursday that the company would be pulling out of the Future Investment Initiative, dubbed Riyadh’s “Davos in the desert.”

“I’m very troubled by the reports to date about Jamal Khashoggi. We are following the situation closely, and unless a substantially different set of facts emerges, I won’t be attending the FII conference in Riyadh,” Khosrowshahi said in a statement.

The Saudi Arabian-born journalist had been critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and their actions in Yemen. He fled Saudi Arabia in September 2017.

The Turkish government claims to have tapes with evidence that the journalist was tortured and dismembered. According to the Washington Post, Turkish officials claim the recordings show that a Saudi security team detained Khashoggi in the consulate after he walked in Oct. 2 to obtain an official document before his upcoming wedding, then killed him and dismembered his body.

The New York Times and The Economist have also pulled out of the event — while CNN is still evaluating whether or not to attend.

When asked about Khashoggi’s disappearance, President Trump said that “we’re looking at it very strongly.”

“We’ll be having a report out soon. We’re working with Turkey, we’re working with Saudi Arabia. What happened is a terrible thing, assuming that happened. I mean, maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised, but somehow I tend to doubt it,” the president continued.

The Saudi government has denied any involvement in the journalist’s disappearance.

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