Sunday 17 November 2019

Ibec cancels Saudi event after outcry over journalist's disappearance

Jamal Khashoggi
Jamal Khashoggi
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Employers group Ibec has cancelled a joint event with the Irish Saudi Arabia Business Council (ISABC).

The cancellation comes amid an international outcry over the disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

Billed as a "joint speaking event", it was due to take place in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin today.

Ibec did not specify a reason for the event's cancellation, but the Irish branch of the National Union of Journalists had called for it.

'The New York Times' reported that Turkish officials have said there are recordings of Mr Khashoggi's murder and dismemberment within the consulate.

US President Donald Trump said his administration had asked the Turkish government for the recordings

Saudi Arabia initially said the 'Washington Post' contributor exited the building alive, without backing up that claim.

Ryanair chairman David Bonderman is one of a number of high-profile business individuals to have pulled out of an investment conference due to take place in Saudi Arabia next week. Executives from major European banks including BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, HSBC and Societe Generale have dropped out.

IMF head Christine Lagarde deferred a trip to the country which would have included the conference.

Irish Independent

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