The murder of Jamal Khashoggi | DW Documentary

As investigators try to find out
what happened to Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia confirms that the
journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead. Jamal Khashoggi's loved ones
want some form of closure. Saudi Foreign Minister saying
this was all a terrible mistake. The execution of
Jamal Khashoggi a frequent critic of the Saudi
regime inside the Saudi consulate. Saudi Arabia for three weeks has
been trying to fool the world here. The killing of Jamal Khashoggi
was a premeditated murder. On October 1st,
2018, nothing seemed out of the ordinary
in Belgrad Forest, north of Istanbul. It was a Monday — the
start of the work week — and the fall weather
drew few visitors. Just before
sunset, CCTV cameras picked up a car belonging
to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as it passed through
a security gate. It would later emerge in
reports by Turkish daily Sabah that it was carrying the
consulate’s military attaché, Ahmed Abdullah
al-Muzaini on what Turkish intelligence
called a “surveillance mission”.

to Sabah, al-Muzaini had returned from
Saudi Arabia earlier that day with a plan to liquidate Saudi
journalist Jamal Khashoggi. On June 21,
2017, Prince Mohammed
bin Salman was appointed Crown
Prince of Saudi Arabia. The journalist Jamal Khashoggi had
long been close to the royal family, but with the rise of Mohammed bin
Salman, he had fallen out of favor. Banned from writing and tweeting,
he faced increasing repression, and began to fear
for his life. He fled the kingdom
that same month, and though he remained
supportive of the Saudi monarchy and the crown prince’s
2030 reform agenda, he became a vocal critic of
Saudi repression and policies from his self-imposed
exile in the United States.

The pressure increased I
believe in 2014 or 2015 when he was banned
from writing. Ministry of Information
decided to publish the letter banning
Jamal from writing and I think he found that
very, very insulting. You should remember that
Jamal was banned from tweeting and writing articles while
he is in Saudi Arabia because he stood
for the Arab Spring. After he left Saudi Arabia,
we met together and we spoke and he was very supportive
of the concept of democracy and the freedom
and reconciliation and we did work together
on that kind of field.

But I think Mohammed bin
Salman is doing the right thing by
introducing Vision 2030. Now he just has
to do it right. In the early
1980s, Jamal Khashoggi received a business
degree from Indiana State University. He then began working
as a journalist, later serving as media advisor to
ambassador Prince Turki bin-Faisal in Washington. While he was in Istanbul
to arrange our marriage, one of his sons
came to visit him. He wanted to live in Istanbul,
to be near to his family. Khashoggi had four children
with his first wife.

His second marriage
also ended in divorce. In May 2010,
he married Dr. Alaa Nassif. Several months after Khashoggi left
Saudi Arabia that marriage also ended, amid rumors that the journalist had
been put under official pressure to agree to
the divorce. He wasn't very happy.
He was worried. He one time told me,
his two sons complain to him that they are held
hostage because of him. They couldn't
travel. He said they were both bankers and
their work required them to travel and they could not
leave the kingdom. Their passports were confiscated,
and they were blaming him, and that really
caused lots of guilt.

He told me he felt guilty that he is
causing their stress and suffering. In August
2017, Khashoggi tweeted for the first time
from exile in the United States. I returned to
writing and tweeting, grateful to His Highness the minister
of Information for his kind efforts gratitude and loyalty to
the royal crown prince. No free pen is broken and no
tweeter is silenced under his reign. Coming from a man in self-imposed
exile, the tweet seemed confusing, and raised questions about his
relationship with his native country. Back in
2016 the Saudi authorities had banned
Khashoggi from writing and tweeting. He was informed by Saud al-Qahtani,
an advisor to the crown prince, in a telephone
call — which Khashoggi later described
in a television interview. I realized how degrading it would
be if I agreed to such a thing.

That an official could prevent me from
writing or tweeting, over the phone. In September 2017, Khashoggi started
writing for the Washington Post. His column extended his readership
and influence beyond the Middle East. For the Saudis I think
this was the scariest thing the guy writes for a paper
that's read all over the world that are read by decision
makers in the US. The image that Mohammed bin Salman
painted of himself in the west, in America,
London and Paris, with hundreds of millions of
dollars spent on public relations, was destroyed by
Khashoggi’s one, single article published
in the Washington Post.

As we speak today, there are Saudi
intellectuals and journalists jailed. Now nobody will dare to speak and
criticize the reform they like. Saudi intelligence was monitoring
Khashoggi’s writing and movements and were briefing the new Crown
Prince and heir to the throne. Everything that write,
I write as an honest advisor. The Saudis tried to tempt
the journalist to return. A source close to Khashoggi said
that the crown prince’s advisor, Saud al-Qahtani,
contacted him twice by phone. He said that Mohammed bin Salman
trusted Khashoggi implicitly and that the doors of the royal
court would be open to him whenever he
chose to return.

The same source said
that the Saudi government maintained communication with
Khashoggi and made him several offers, including managing a Saudi funded
media network, if he were to return. Jamal knows the Saudi regime
very well. He has been there. He has been serving in the embassy
in London, the embassy in Washington, was the editor of
Al Watan newspaper. And I think his
knowledge of the regime added credibility to his profession
as a journalist when he spoke out. Khashoggi continued his
criticism of the Crown Prince in the
Washington Post. Jamal spoke to me,
two days before his murder, that he is working
with friends to establish a foundation for
democracy in the Arab world, promoting the culture of
democracy amongst the youth people and also creating some form
of societal reconciliation.

Khashoggi's efforts included support
for the project “Electronic Bees” with Canadian based Saudi
activist Omar Abdulazeez, who was seeking to counter
the Saudi government’s online harassment of
critics of the regime. During May and July 2018,
many activists noticed that there was an organized
attempt to attack them online, specifically on
social media. Khashoggi was
a key target, so I studied how those
electronic attacks worked. I wanted to put together a
project that aimed to stop them. I presented the idea to Jamal
Khashoggi and he liked it, as did other people like
Tarek Al Mutairy from Kuwait. We decided to establish a team
that would counter those attacks. Khashoggi supported us and contributed
$5000 out of his own pocket to help fund
the project. In Istanbul, we spoke with a political
scientist about another major project that Khashoggi launched
from the Turkish city via a number of
media platforms.

We contacted several of
Khashoggi’s assistants, but they were reluctant
to talk in detail because they didn’t want to jeopardize
the future of their project. Meanwhile,
back in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, a small cell was formed to decide
what to do about Khashoggi. They weighed up
different options. As new information became available,
they formulated a course of action. They decided to silence
Khashoggi, for good. In September, Jamal Khashoggi
left the United States for what would
be the last time. He boarded Turkish Airlines
flight TK8 from Washington, arriving at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport
just before sunset on September 10th. He planned to stay until
the 17th of October to finalize his
wedding arrangements. The Turkish scholar Hatice
Cengiz met Jamal Khashoggi when she interviewed him at a
conference in Istanbul in May 2018. This was the first
of several meetings. That summer, Jamal Khashoggi
proposed — and she accepted. Jamal was full of hope because
he is about to get married. He wanted to
establish a new life and he was telling me about
the flat that he bought, the furniture that he is
going to put in the flat and the fact that he is go to the
consulate to get some documents.

And I joked with
him and said you are younger ten years
than I have seen you before, because you have
a new love story. And he laughed.
Then he said you know; we need that so we may
continue our struggle for the new generation
of the Arab world. And I feel that for now Jamal
is secure in his environment, in his personal life,
in his inner self. From Istanbul, Khashoggi went
to London for several days, returning to Istanbul at 4:07 a.m.
on Friday, the 28th of September. At 9:24 that
morning the couple went to the municipal
office in the Fatih district to complete the formalities
for their marriage. We went to the municipal
office together to get information about
the marriage process and find out what
documents we needed. We were told that
in order to marry, we needed a certificate confirming
that we were both single.

Without that,
we wouldn’t be able to marry. And he would have to go to the Saudi
consulate to get that certificate. Jamal Khashoggi and Hatice Cengiz
took a taxi to the Saudi consulate. He left his phone with me before
going in. I wasn’t allowed to go in. Only people who had to obtain
paperwork were permitted to enter. He stayed inside
for about an hour. I was relieved — we were both relieved
— when he came out of the consulate. He said that they
had treated him well. During his 90-minute
visit at the consulate, Khashoggi was told his documents would
be ready within the next few days.

That same evening,
he returned to London. He had spent less than
a day in Istanbul. On the 29th of September,
Khashoggi gave a talk at a symposium on the future of peace 25
years after the Oslo Accords. He posted two tweets about the event,
and then what would be his last tweet. Young Prince Mohammed Bin Salman,
the Saudi Crown Prince … reached a deal with Kushner and they
even went as far as agreeing … I was one of the last people to
meet him before he disappeared. He was here with
me in this office. We spent the day together
we had lunch together. And then he went
to the airport. I followed him the
following day to Istanbul because he was supposed
to appear on my TV show. But by the time I arrived
in Istanbul he was gone. And I can tell you that when we met
here Jamal seemed quite comfortable and excited about the
prospects of marriage.

We discussed a
project he had in mind and that is to set up a website
to publish translations of reports and articles and analyses on the
economic situation of Saudi Arabia and the
region. In London, Khashoggi called the
Saudi consulate in Istanbul. They told him that
his papers were ready, and he should come on Tuesday,
October 2, at 1:30 pm to collect them. Khashoggi left London
to return to Istanbul, on what would be
his final journey. On this visit, Khashoggi did
not stay in an Istanbul hotel but in the apartment he had
bought for himself and Hatice to live after
the wedding. Hatice had been busy moving furniture
and supplies to the apartment. Only a few items
remained, which Khashoggi planned to buy
after his return from the consulate. The couple had breakfast at a
restaurant in the residential complex. They had a lot to talk about —
especially their upcoming wedding. We discussed the wedding
date, and all the details. How to organize it
and who to invite. I asked him if someone would
go with him to the consulate, and he said he would go
alone, or with a friend.

So I told him I would go with him,
and skip my university seminar. Then he called the consulate
to confirm his appointment. They said they
would call him back. Half an hour later they called and
gave him an appointment at 1 pm. Then we took a taxi and
went to the consulate. The consulate was located
almost 15km from the apartment. Meanwhile — in the early
hours of that same morning — the planes carrying the team of
assassins had arrived in Istanbul. Three members of Mohammed bin
Salman’s Special Protection Unit came on a commercial
flight from Cairo. Two private jets
coming from Riyad landed an hour apart
on a private runway. The first plane, tail registration
HZ-SK1, landed at 3:30 a.m. carrying the head of the
assassination team, Maher Al Mutrib, and eight other men,
including two of the key players. The team checked into two
hotels near the Saudi consulate. Surveillance cameras
in both hotels showed the men leaving
at 9:40 and 10:15 a.m.

Surveillance cameras at the
consulate monitored their arrival. Turkish authorities let's
say, leaked all the recordings that two planes came from Saudi Arabia
to the Ataturk international airport. And 15 men checked in
a hotel in Istanbul and before Khashoggi
arrived to the consulate, they entered to the
consulate with a car, with a tinted window that
you cannot see inside. The fact that that
team arrived in Turkey, the circumstances of what they
actually did, the timings concerned and also the composition
of those people in terms of their forensic
expertise, their ranking; one at least is alleged to be a very
senior ranking intelligence officer, and the fact that
it's also claimed that at least 7 of that
team are extremely close in terms of the security inner
circle of the crown prince himself, all of this is very strong
circumstantial evidence.

It all
suggests that not only were these people
implicated in whatever has happened. It also suggests that what
the intention actually was. At 1:14 pm, surveillance cameras showed Jamal
Khashoggi entering the consulate. He gave Hatice his mobile phone and
left her waiting for him outside. At 4:00 in the afternoon,
Khashoggi had still not emerged. Hatice Cengiz contacted Yasin
Aktay and Turan Kislakci. At 3:30 pm, I started asking
myself why Jamal hadn’t come out. I got up and started
walking around. I was checking the cars
coming out of the consulate and trying to understand
what was happening.

I never thought that
anything bad would happen or that anything like
that could happen. I felt that something had gone wrong
and started thinking about what to do. I went to the entrance and said
that I was waiting for Jamal, who hadn’t
come out yet. The officer said that there was
no one inside. Everyone had left. I asked myself
what I should do. I found the consulate’s
phone number and called them. I said I was Jamal’s fiancée,
and I was waiting at the entrance but that he had gone
inside and not come out. The officer hung up the
phone and came to the door. He said, 'there's nobody inside,
there's no point waiting.' My legs started trembling, and I
thought about calling Mr. Yasin. She said she was Jamal Khashoggi's
fiancée, so I asked what had happened. She said Jamal had entered the
consulate five hours earlier, and still hadn’t
come out.

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That’s when I knew there
was a serious problem. I wasn’t aware of how
dangerous it might be for Khashoggi to go
into the consulate. I told Hatice to wait
until I made some calls. I called the Chief of General
Intelligence, Hakan Fidan. Then I called the
president’s office, and I told some of Jamal’s
friends about what had happened. After about three and
a half hours of work on the part of the
intelligence agency, it became clear that Jamal
Khashoggi had disappeared. As international speculation
about Khashoggi’s fate grew, one theory was that
he had been kidnapped as part of an illegal operation
to take him back to Saudi Arabia. The British daily
The Guardian expressed concern that Khashoggi
might have been detained, smuggled out of the Saudi consulate
in Istanbul in a diplomatic vehicle, and then transferred
back to Saudi Arabia.

According to the
information we have the Saudi citizen is still in the
Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. We don't have any
information besides that. That statement by the Turkish
presidential spokesman was made on
October 3, the day after Khashoggi failed to
emerge from the Saudi consulate. Four days
later, President Erdogan said
that Turkish prosecutors were conducting an
extensive investigation, looking into all camera
records and monitoring incoming and outgoing
airport transits.

He added that he still hoped
for a positive outcome. Meanwhile,
the Turkish foreign ministry had summoned the Saudi ambassador
demanding clarification on October 4. That resulted in the
first official statement by the Saudi consulate
general in Istanbul. On Twitter, it said that the consulate
was “following up on media reports” about the disappearance of the Saudi
citizen and journalist Jamal Khashoggi after he left the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul. It also said it was coordinating
with Turkish authorities to: ‘uncover the facts behind his
going missing after exiting.’ In a wide-ranging interview
with Bloomberg news agency just a day after
Khashoggi’s disappearance, Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman said: ‘My understanding is he entered and
got out after a few minutes, an hour.’ The Crown Prince also stated that
Khashoggi wasn't inside the consulate. And he added: ‘If he were in
Saudi Arabia, I would know that.’ We kept going to the consulate
for the first three days. We waited from morning till evening,
because we thought Jamal was inside. Then Saudi Arabia
released a statement saying that Jamal had left
a while after entering.

This was during
the first week. Then I stopped
going there, as I believed that Jamal was
no longer in the consulate. I thought they had taken him to
Saudi Arabia or somewhere else. At the very beginning of
the event that has happened, Mr. Erdogan openly said that unless
Kingdom of Saudi Arabian authorities clearly show that he
has left the consulate all the responsibilities belong
to the Saudi Arabian authorities. And then you know that Saudi Arabian
officials and their social media army started propaganda about that
Mr. Khashoggi has left the consulate and this is a very detailed plan and
action of Turkish intelligence agency. They are trying to
blame Saudi Arabia, and the other such kind of
ridiculous story, fabricated stories.

The first report that
Khashoggi had been killed surfaced five days
after his disappearance. Reuters news agency
quoted a Turkish official, who said the initial
assessment by Turkish police was that he had been
murdered at the consulate, and his body flown
out of the country. The Saudi consulate
issued a denial, saying that Jamal Khashoggi was
neither inside the consulate nor in Saudi
Arabia. It also denied that Khashoggi
had been killed in the consulate, and said every effort was
being made to find him. On October 6th, the Saudi consul
in Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, invited reporters from Reuters to
the consulate and accompanied them on a tour to confirm that Khashoggi
was not inside the building.

The consul denied reports
of an assassination. He insisted Khashoggi
had left the building but said he could
not prove it because the consulate's surveillance
cameras did not save images. Then we understood that
something is going wrong because if someone is
missing in your consulate you have to prove that he left the
consulate with the video recordings. Why you would have a CCTV system
that isn't working or doesn't record? It seems impossible
to believe. The only reason why you would not have
a recording system is lack of money. This isn't something that
afflicts Saudi Arabia for sure. On Monday
October 8th, US President Donald Trump issued his
first public statement on the case. At the same time the Saudi
ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin
Salman bin Abdulaziz, stated publicly that allegations
claiming Khashoggi had been killed or detained by the Saudi authorities
were completely false and unfounded. He then left for Saudi Arabia on the
pretext of seeking clarification. Just spoke with the
king of Saudi Arabia. The king firmly denied any knowledge
of it. He didn't really know. Maybe. I don't want to
get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe
this could have been rogue killers.

knows? From the
first day, Trump administration wanted to give
an exit for Mohammed Bin Salman. Of course we know the strong ties
between Trump and Mohammed Bin Salman. And we know that Trump started
speaking about the rogue elements before even the Saudi government
came up with this terminology. So he wanted to
give them the exit, therefore they can use it in
order to cover up the crime. And this unfortunately was the
role of Trump administration.

I received an invitation from President
Trump a few weeks after the incident. He invited me to the United States.
I didn’t see it as a positive gesture. I saw it as a political trick to
get public opinion on his side. The United States should
have done something to find out what
really happened. On October 8th,
the Turkish daily Yeni Şafak reported that the intelligence services
were analyzing the movement of 26 cars owned by the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul.

It said they wanted to
determine their whereabouts on the day Jamal
Khashoggi went missing. CCTV cameras close to the Saudi
consulate showed two cars: a Mercedes Vito with the
license number 34 CC 1865 and another Mercedes with the
license number 34 CC 2248, driving to the Saudi Consul's
house an hour and 50 minutes after Khashoggi had
entered the consulate. They were parked in the
garage there for three days. On the fourth day they were taken
to a car wash near the consulate. We obtained these images
from inside the car wash, showing the two vehicles
being carefully cleaned.

Turkish investigators believe
that Khashoggi’s dismembered body was transported from the consulate to
consul’s house in the Mercedes Vito. Gruesome details began
emerging in media reports on the 9th and
10th of October. In the
US, the Washington Post published
the CCTV video of Jamal Khashoggi entering the consulate at 1 p.m.
on Tuesday the 2nd of October. On the 10th
of October, the BBC reported that Turkish
media had pictures and names of the men they said were members
of the assassination squad. The New York Times
also ran the story, reporting that Khashoggi had
been dismembered with a bone saw two hours after his death,
and that the orders to assassinate him had been issued from the highest
levels of the Saudi royal court.

The hit men said that
they were tourists. But tourists don’t normally go
to the consulate for a few hours and then return
to the airport. They first went to the hotel, then
to Hamidiye market here in Istanbul, where they purchased 16
or 20 large suitcases. Then they went to the consulate,
then the consul’s house, then to the hotel
and then they left. Their hotel reservation was for four
days but they stayed only 10 hours. Why is
that? When we saw those 15 guys’
pictures and identifications, we realized that those guys
are really close members of Mohammed bin Salman's team
as bodyguards and other issues. Eleven days after
Khashoggi's disappearance, Donald Trump was still
insisting on CBS’s “60 Minutes” that the Crown Prince had denied
any knowledge of what had happened, but he warned Saudi Arabia
of severe repercussions if it was proven that
Khashoggi had been killed. There is something, you'll be
surprised when you say that, there's something really terrible
and disgusting about that. If that were the case.
So we're going to have to see. We're going to get to the bottom of it
and there will be severe punishment.

If they go
on to claim that these people were acting without
the authority of the Saudi government then of course they
can prove that by relinquishing the diplomatic
immunity of these people and extraditing them
to Turkey for trial. But if that happens of course
there is a very big risk that those people who are put on
trial for this capital offense will name the people
that made the decisions, and that may not be convenient of
course to the Saudi government. On the same day, the British,
French and German foreign ministers issued a joint statement calling
for an independent investigation. Of course the governments
in Britain and America would like to draw a line under
this and pretend it hadn't happened. But I think public pressures
are forcing the media to then force the governments
in the West to actually, at least in the short term,
appear to be taking action.

And that of course is an error of
judgment from the Saudi perspective. On October 15th,
the Saudi press agency reported that King Salman had received
a phone call from Donald Trump, who had “praised the progress”
of the Saudi-Turkish cooperation in investigating Jamal
Khashoggi's disappearance. That same day Saudi and Turkish
officials entered the consulate. They arrived
with a joint team led by Istanbul’s deputy general
prosecutor and counterterrorism agents. That evening Turkish
forensic investigators were finally allowed
to search the building. They worked nine hours
through the night, until dawn on the
16th of October. The forensic team left carrying
samples of soil and a metal door from the consulate

Media attention then quickly
switched to the consul’s house, which was also subjected
to forensic inspection. On the 16th of October,
the consul general Mohammed al-Otaibi left Istanbul for Saudi Arabia amid
rumors of his impending arrest. After all those
forensic investigation, Mr. Erdogan made a couple of telephone
calls with international leaders including King Salman of
the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And after that the Saudi
Arabia had realized that the fabricated story of Khashoggi
has left the consulate is incredible. So they accepted that Mr. Khashoggi
has been killed inside the consulate. Our camera team
was able to monitor the frequent movement
of Saudi security staff between the consulate
and the consul’s house from the 12th to
the 17th of October. From this footage,
we determined that this team included chemical expert Ahmed
Abdul Aziz al Janabi and toxicologist Khaled
Yahia al-Zahrani. They were among the group
that Turkish media reported had deliberately destroyed evidence at
the consulate and the consul’s house. On October 20th,
after repeated denials, Saudi Arabia finally admitted
that Jamal Khashoggi was dead. A statement by the
Saudi public prosecutor announced the arrest of
18 Saudis for questioning and suggested an
‘altercation’ and ‘fistfight’ had led to
Khashoggi’s death.

On October 21st,
King Salman and the Crown Prince made two phone calls to
Salah Khashoggi?Jamal’s son — to offer their
condolences. On the 23rd
of October, they summoned him and his brother
Sahel Khashoggi to Riyadh, using the meeting as
a photo opportunity. Ankara’s strategy
of leaking evidence finally brought Saudi Attorney-General
Saud al-Mujib to Turkey. He arrived on the 29th of
October on a private plane. He then held two meetings
in the judicial palace with Istanbul's chief
prosecutor Irfan Fidan, whose office then made
a formal statement. It said that there was no tangible
result from these two meetings — ‘despite all our efforts
and good intentions to reveal the truth about
the killing of Khashoggi in his country’s
consulate.’ The statement went
on to say that immediately after
entering the consulate, Jamal Khashoggi had been strangled to
death as part of a premeditated plan, and that his body had been
dismembered and disposed of. In the wake of the public
prosecutor’s statement, official positions in the
case became entrenched.

The Turkish authorities stood
by their account of the events. Saudi Arabia continued to contest
the leaks by the Turkish government. And the Trump
administration continued to defend Crown
Prince Mohammad bin Salman, anxious to protect US
business interests. Some members of the US House and
Senate defied the administration, criticizing Trump’s actions
and demanding that Saudi Arabia and the Crown Prince
be held to account. There was little response
from Arab countries. The CIA has concluded
through its investigations that the Saudi
crown prince ordered the murder of Washington
Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump administration touched
off a new storm of criticism over the killing of Saudi
writer Jamal Khashoggi. The US has sanctioned
some Saudis in response, but the crown prince has
yet to face any punishment. The passage of time has done little
to diminish interest in the case. A United Nations
investigation authenticated the audio recordings
leaked by Turkish intelligence. These showed that Jamal
Khashoggi entered the consulate at 1:15 pm on the
2nd of October. He went to the consul
general’s office, where Mohammad al Otaibi
was with Maher al-Mutrib, an officer from the
Saudi foreign ministry and a special guard to Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

They questioned Khashoggi about his
plans to return to Saudi Arabia. He said that he did want
to return in the future. Then they said they would
have to take him back, claiming there was an
Interpol order to that effect. Khashoggi said there
was no case against him, and that he had people waiting
for him outside the consulate. The recordings then
document a short fight followed by a conversation among the
members of the assassination team. According to the U.N.
investigation, Khashoggi was then
injected with a sedative and suffocated
with a plastic bag. Then a forensic pathologist
on the team, Salah al-Tubaigy, started dismembering
Khashoggi’s body.

About two
hours later, the audio recording picked up 3
different voices from the stairs. One ordered the visa
lounge to be closed. Another man believed
to be an IT technician transferred CCTV data and
reset the surveillance cameras. The third was Mustafa al-Madani,
Jamal Khashoggi’s lookalike. That Jamal Khashoggi was
a premeditated murder and they're now telling
CNN that they even believe the Saudis went to the extent
of sending a body double here! Al-Madani appeared to be complaining
about wearing Khashoggi’s clothes: ‘It’s scary to wear clothes of someone
who was killed 20 minutes ago.’ Khashoggi’s shoes
didn’t fit him properly, so the team leaders allowed him
to keep his running shoes on. Al Madani was instructed
to walk along four streets before taking a taxi to
the Sultan Ahmed district, where he disposed of
Khashoggi’s clothes. The results of the United
Nations investigation were published
in June 2019. The UN Special Rapporteur on
Arbitrary Executions, Agnes Callamard, called for further
investigations, saying there was “credible evidence”
that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other Saudi senior officials
were liable for the killing.

She said Khashoggi had been the victim
of deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the
state of Saudi Arabia was responsible under international
human rights law. Months since he was killed, Jamal
Khashoggi's body has yet to be found. Saudi Arabia has denied involvement
in the disappearance of Khashoggi. Turkish newspaper
is now reporting that Khashoggi's Apple watch
recorded evidence of his murder. Now the world waits to see how
the United States will respond. Killing and dismembering his body,
there needs to be some consequences. Jamal Khashoggi's
death was no accident. All I want is to be
an independent writer, not to be banned from writing
while at home in Jeddah, or banned from appearing in the
media, banned from publishing books. I felt I couldn’t enjoy my
freedom while remaining silent..

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