Just a few months after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, another Arab dissident says his life is also in danger.
Iyad el-Baghdadi is a pro-democracy activist and strong critic of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The UK’s Guardian newspaper reported that Norwegian officials took him from his home in Oslo to a secure location.
There, he was told the CIA had warned Norway’s government the Saudis had him “in their crosshairs”.
El-Baghdadi gained popularity during the Arab Spring when he posted pro-human rights messages on social media.
The Palestinian activist was granted asylum in Norway four years ago after being expelled from the United Arab Emirates for criticising Middle Eastern regimes.
In an exclusive interview, Iyad el-Baghdadi discusses an unlikely friendship with the murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how continuing Khashoggi’s work has made him a target of the Saudi government.
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