Critics of Saudi regime are at risk – wherever they may be

Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi shows Riyadh has little respect for borders

The scale of Saudi Arabia’s ambition for total control – both inside and beyond its own borders – was spelled out for the rest of the world at the end of 2017 when the democratically elected leader of another country went missing on an official visit to Riyadh.

The Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, had apparently frustrated Saudi authorities with his policy of accommodation towards Iran-backed Hezbollah, but they had neither the time nor patience for the usual diplomatic tactics such as economic blandishments or political threats.

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