The Wall Street Journal: Senators alarmed by Saudi abuses; Rubio says MBS has gone ‘full gangster’

WASHINGTON — Senators on Wednesday warned that Saudi Arabia is committing a growing list of rights abuses, citing the detention and alleged torture of a U.S.-Saudi physician, adding to pressure on the Trump administration to reconsider its close ties to the country’s rulers.

In a hearing to appoint new ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and Iraq, both Republicans and Democrats listed complaints, from Riyadh’s role in the Yemen war to the grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, to the detention and torture of women’s rights activists.

This week, advocates detailed the case of Dr. Walid Fitaihi, a dual Saudi-American citizen, who has been held in a Saudi prison since November 2017 without charge.

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