Tusk warns EU against Khashoggi ‘hypocrisy’


STRASBOURG • The European Union (EU) must press for the full details in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and avoid any “trace of hypocrisy”, European Council President Donald Tusk (picture) warned yesterday.

In a speech to the European Parliament, Tusk said he expected EU member states and institutions to avoid any “ambiguous game” over the murder of a critic of Saudi Arabia, a major Western ally.

Tusk may have been alluding to concerns that some in Europe would put financial or political interests ahead of pushing for the truth.

“This was such a horrible crime that even the slightest trace of hypocrisy would bring shame on us,” Tusk told the members of the European Parliament and the European Commission, the 28-nation EU executive.

“It is not my role to state who wants to protect whose interests here, but I know one thing: The only European interest is to reveal all the details of this case regardless of who is behind it,” the former Polish premier said.

“Knowing your sensitivity and determination I believe that you will not allow for Europe, the member states or the institutions to become involved in any ambiguous game.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stopped short of pointing the blame at the Saudi leadership for the death of the Saudi insiderturned- critic.

But he said in a keynote speech on Tuesday that the murder was meticulously planned, demanding that all those involved brought to justice.

He is sharing details with Saudi Arabia’s biggest ally, the US.