Jamal Khashoggi's killing was a tremendous mistake: Saudi Arabia

Irving Hamilton
October 22, 2018

Madani was wearing what the video appears to show to be Khashoggi's dark blazer, gray shirt opened at the collar and pants. He appeared to be wearing Khashoggi's actual clothes, glasses and a fake beard, while also carrying a plastic bag, presumably with his own clothes.

CNN aired surveillance footage on Monday showing the man in Khashoggi's dress shirt, suit jacket and trousers.

On the way, they dumped a plastic bag, likely containing Khashoggi's clothes, in a rubbish bin.

According to the source, it was decided that the two men did not look sufficiently alike, and so the conspirators chose to wipe clean the consulate's CCTV footage.

"The strength of our response will depend on. our confidence that it can not happen ever again", the British foreign office said.

Three European powers - Germany, Britain and France - pressed Riyadh to provide facts, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would not export arms to Saudi Arabia while uncertainty over Khashoggi's fate persisted.

Forty-five years ago, Saudi Arabia joined other OPEC nations in an oil embargo over the 1973 Mideast war in retaliation for American military support for Israel.

The employee said the prosecutors asked them whether anything unusual happened on October 2 in the consulate, whether they had seen Khashoggi and the 15 other Saudis, how long they have been employed at the consulate and the working hours of the staff. Saudi Arabia, in shifting statements, initially claimed no knowledge of his whereabouts, then claimed Khashoggi was unintentionally killed in a fistfight at the consulate.

The journalist has relatives still living in Saudi Arabia and three children who hold United States citizenship.

In that interview, al-Jubeir described the death of Khashoggi as "a grave mistake" and said that those responsible will be held to account.

"The Turks have been talking more to the media than they have [to] us", Corker said of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

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He also urged Turkey to turn over purported audio recordings of Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The location of Khashoggi's remains has become a key part of the Turkish investigation.

Anonymous Saudi officials have told Western media outlets in recent days that Khashoggi's corpse was rolled into a carpet and handed to a "local collaborator" to dispose of.

"Why did these 15 people come here?"

"They did not roll anything up in anything", the source said.

Newly revealed security video shows a member of the 15-man team suspected in the death of Jamal Khashoggi impersonating the dissident Saudi Arabian journalist after he was killed. Neither was the plane, which departed at 18:20.

An image made from surveillance camera footage shows a man identified by Turkish officials as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb walking toward the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul before writer Jamal Khashoggi disappeared on October 2, 2018.

So far, the search for Khashoggi's corpse has been fruitless. This seems to be the diplomatic way of saying Khashoggi was set upon by thugs, murdered, dismembered, and disposed of.

"Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas had called Saturday for a halt to German arms exports while the investigation into Khashoggi's death continues".

She added, according to Politico: "As far as weapons exports, which are already limited, are concerned, they can not take place in the same fashion as they are now".

"After Turkish authorities and the media were allowed to inspect the consulate building in its entirety, the accusations changed to the outrageous claim that he was murdered, in the consulate, during business hours, and with dozens of staff and visitors in the building", he said, adding: "I don't know who is behind these claims, or their intentions, nor do I care frankly".

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