Saudi Arabia: Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Journalist and prominent critic of the Saudi government, Jamal Khashoggi, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2. Foreign Minister Adel al-Jibeir has claimed there are no ties between the murder and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This statement has been questioned due to a report by media outlet Yeni Safak saying they have proof that the consulate had called the prince four times after the time of the killing. 

At first the Saudi government was claiming that Khashoggi arrived and left the consulate alive on October 2. However, after examining video surveillance, it was determined that a Saudi agent was seen leaving the consulate dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes, a fake beard, and glasses. Video surveillance shows him and another agent taking a taxi to a mosque where he then changed out of Khashoggi’s clothes and dumped them into a trash bin nearby.

Friday October 9 a Saudi official revealed that Khashoggi was in a fight at the consulate with someone he was meeting with, and then died in a chokehold. His body was then rolled up in a rug and given to a local co-operator to dispose of. The report that Khashoggi was killed in a fight was met with widespread criticism. Turkish officials say they have audio and video surveillance that proves a team of Saudi agents conducted the murder.

18 people have been arrested for questioning and a reformed intelligence agency has formed to investigate the killing. Turkish police are searching for the body in the nearby Belgrad forest in Instanbul.


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