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Saudi Arabia has placed sovereign bonds for $ 7.5 billion, writes The Wall Street Journal. This is the first case after the murder of journalist Jamal Hakuji in October.
The main buyers of the Eurobonds was made by major Western investment banks and funds: BNP Paribas, JPMorgan, HSBC, Citi and NCB Capital.
Investors were offered bonds of two issues — maturing in 2029 and 2050. The yield on the first will be 4.48 percent, the second — 5,328 percent. This is almost the same level of profitability on previous placements, which was conducted before the killing Hakugei. This means that the national debt of the Kingdom remains in demand from investors, despite the tarnished reputation of the country.
In particular, the publication gives the position of the British Bank HSBC: there is the murder of the journalist is considered unacceptable, what privately informed the authorities of Saudi Arabia, but at the same time recognize that such cases as violation of human rights in General, and in other countries.
Jamal Haskouri, the last years of his life living in the United States, was killed in the Consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on 2 October. The authorities denied the fact of murder, then found him, but still insist on innocence of the state and officials. At the beginning of January in Riyadh the first meeting of the court on this case. For five of the 11 accused, the prosecution asked for the death penalty.
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