What could have happened to Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

It has been weeks since the disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post.

There are speculations that he could've been murdered in Turkey where he was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

Khashoggi has not been seen since and investigators who went there said that it appears certain parts of the building have recently been painted over adding weight to the suspicion that he was murdered there and his body "processed".

Without drawing any conclusions, Pippa Hudson speaks to Hennie Strydom, Research Chair in International Law at the University of Johannesburg about the protection offered to diplomatic staff in terms of international law and diplomatic immunity.

Since the Vienna convention on diplomatic and councillor immunity was adopted in 1960s, the principle has been that the premises enjoy immunity because of the functions that are performed there.

Hennie Strydom, Research Chair in International Law at the University of Johannesburg

The protection afforded in a foreign country is not based on territory principle but based on the principle that there should not be interference of the of those functions.

Hennie Strydom, Research Chair in International Law at the University of Johannesburg

To hear the rest of the conversation with Hennie Strydom, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : What could have happened to Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi?


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