Saudi Arabia behind Khashoggi’s ‘deliberate, premeditated execution,’ report says
According to media reports, the head of the CIA, while in Turkey, was able to get acquainted with the audio recording of the torture and death of a journalist
Saudi Arabia again changed its explanation for the disappearance and death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul, stating that the killing was “deliberate”. This statement was made based on information received from the Turkish side..
This information was released on Thursday by the Saudi Press Agency, based on a statement from the country’s prosecutor’s office..
It remains unclear who is responsible for the murder of Khashoggi. The Saudi side said in a statement that “the prosecutor’s office continues to investigate the suspects… for justice to be done. “Saudi authorities have already fired 5 officials, possibly linked to the murder, and arrested 18 suspects.
International critics, including US President Donald Trump, say the country’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is primarily responsible for the assassination..
Three weeks ago, the Saudi authorities said that Khashoggi had left the consulate in Istanbul and that they did not know his whereabouts. Then they said that his death was the result of a fight at the consulate. Finally, most recently, Saudi Arabia announced that Khashoggi was strangled when he tried to leave the consulate and call for help..
Even after Riyadh admitted that the killing was deliberate, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, “There are still questions that need answers,” including why the Saudis arrested 18 suspects?
The Turkish minister added that it remains unclear where the body of the murdered person went. This, according to the minister, also wants to know the family of the murdered journalist..
Cavusoglu reiterated the demand of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that those arrested in this case should be brought to justice in Istanbul.
According to The Washington Post, the head of the US CIA Gina Haspel, who visited Turkey as part of the investigation into the circumstances of Khashoggi’s death, has already seen the audio recording of the torture and murder of a Saudi journalist..
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