Who is 'the boss' in phone call after Khashoggi's murder?

Blanche Robertson
November 14, 2018

Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, one of 15 Saudis dispatched to Istanbul to confront Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate there, is reported to have made the phone call and spoke in Arabic to relay the message to "the boss" that the operation to kill Jamal was successful.

The release of the X-ray images reinforces Turkish officials' beliefs that the murder was planned and orchestrated from the Saudi capital Riyadh, rather than being an interrogation gone wrong as Saudi Arabia has previously claimed.

Mr Erdogan said he had shared the audio with Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the US, Germany and France.

The recording is seen by intelligence officers as some of the strongest evidence linking the power behind the Saudi throne to the murder, the report said, citing three unidentified people familiar with the recording. In fact, when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recording he was so shocked that he said 'this one probably took heroin.

President Donald Trump has expressed reluctance to punish Saudi Arabia economically, citing the kingdom's multibillion-dollar purchases of USA military equipment and investments in U.S. companies.

Asked again if the audio tape provided by Turkey did not link Prince Mohammed to the killing in any way, Bolton said: "I haven't listened to the tape myself but in the assessment of those who have listened to it, that is right".

Bolton shares with Saudi Arabia a hawkish stance against Riyadh's biggest Middle East rival Iran, and he championed Washington's resumption of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan described the recording as "appalling, " Turkish media reported Tuesday.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, who visited Turkey last month for information on the investigation, is reported to have heard the audio recordings of the killing.

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"I had a conversation with Erdogan a couple of weeks ago, and here in Paris we had brief exchanges and I thanked him for his strength in responding to the Khashoggi situation", Trudeau added.

Turkish intelligence believes Mutreb was speaking to one of the prince's aides and also used words to the effect that "the deed was done".

"The first step in that process - not the only step but the first step in that process is to make sure there is proper accountability for the people who were responsible, both the people who committed the act but also the people who gave the orders for the act".

Erdogan said the killing was ordered at the "highest levels" of the Saudi government, but that he could not think it came from King Salman, for whom he has "limitless respect". But four sources based in the Gulf told Reuters this week that he was still at liberty and continued to operate discreetly.

But officials in Ankara say the audio does not conclusively implicate Mohammed bin Salman.

He also supervised the brief detention, humiliation and beating of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri past year.

Pictures from Istanbul's Ataturk airport show syringes, scissors and staple-guns in the 15-man hit squad's luggage, according to Turkey's pro-government newspaper Sabah.

"He said this to my special envoys", Erdogan was quoted as saying.

Pressing ahead with moves to maintain pressure on Saudi Arabia, Erdogan said the crown prince had told Turkish envoys that he would shed light on the October 2 killing at the kingdom's consulate and do what was "necessary". Media reports have suggested that his body could have been chemically dissolved as it has not yet been found.

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