[USA] Oct 23 (ANI): In the wake of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death, one of Europe's largest cinema operators, Vue International, has stalled its plan to expand in the middle-eastern country.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that it is the first cinema operator from Europe to do so.
The London-based operator in February had signed a deal with Saudi- based entertainment and leisure conglomerate, Abdulmohsin Al Hokair Holding Group; in order to develop 30 "world class multiplex cinemas" within three years.
The operator had inked the deal after the Saudi government lifted a 35-year ban on public cinemas.
Vue International's Chief Executive and founder, Tim Richards, confirmed that the deal has been delayed; and right now there are no plans to pull out completely.
At least 18 people have been detained and several officials have been fired in relation to Khashoggi's killing so far.
The journalist went missing on October 02 after cameras captured him walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. He was, however, declared dead by Saudi Arabia after two weeks of denial about any information on his disappearance. (ANI)