Son of Saudi lawyer arrested in Turkey accused of plotting her kidnapping

Madhan Boumediene, daughter of lawyer who resigned in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s death, says she went to consulate on 5 August The daughter of a Saudi lawyer who resigned after it emerged his…

Son of Saudi lawyer arrested in Turkey accused of plotting her kidnapping

Madhan Boumediene, daughter of lawyer who resigned in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi’s death, says she went to consulate on 5 August

The daughter of a Saudi lawyer who resigned after it emerged his son had fled the kingdom said the country had tried to lure her to Istanbul to “hurry her up” to make an arrest.

Madhan Boumediene, the daughter of Hala al-Qahtani, said on Twitter that she had gone to the consulate in Istanbul on 5 August to bring her paperwork for a foreign country, which is usually routine for a Saudi resident.

On 6 August Saudi Arabia’s acting ambassador to Turkey, Ahmed al-Assiri, called the family with the news of her detention, and on 7 August she was taken to be tortured.

Mohammad al-Qahtani (third from right) with his father, Hala al-Qahtani (second from right), who resigned this week. Photograph: AP

The Saudi government denied it had planned to lure anyone to Turkey for interrogation or forced disappearance, though a spokesman said it had received information that some unnamed Saudis were committing offences in Turkey without seeking diplomatic immunity.

Qahtani, known in Saudi circles as Abu Huraira, had been instrumental in orchestrating the so-called “extrajudicial execution” of 17 people in 2011, including one whose death sentence the supreme court later confirmed.

He was expelled from Saudi Arabia last year along with hundreds of activists and academics. Qahtani’s son Jamal, a journalist working for the Washington Post, disappeared in October. His fiancée said on Instagram that he was abducted by a 15-man Saudi squad and killed in Istanbul.

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