Video shows ‘body double’ exiting Saudi Consulate wearing Khashoggi’s clothes after killing

A person showing to put on Jamal Khashoggi’s clothes left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after the journalist was killed there, in response to surveillance video, whereas a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage reportedly made 4 calls to the prince’s workplace across the identical time.

The studies by CNN and a pro-government Turkish newspaper got here only a day earlier than Prince Mohammed’s high-profile funding summit is to start in Riyadh, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised that particulars of Khashoggi’s killing “shall be revealed in all its nakedness.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, delivers a speech at supporters in Istanbul on Sunday. Erdogan says he’ll announce particulars of the Turkish investigation into the demise of Khashoggi on Tuesday. (Presidential Press Service through Related Press)

That but once more provides to the strain Saudi Arabia faces over the slaying of the Washington Put up columnist and U.S. everlasting resident. The dominion’s declare on Saturday that Khashoggi died in a “fistfight” met worldwide skepticism and allegations of a coverup to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct accountability.

Turkish media studies and officers keep {that a} 15-member Saudi workforce flew to Istanbul on Oct. 2, understanding Khashoggi would arrive for a doc he wanted to get married. As soon as he was contained in the diplomatic mission, the Saudis accosted Khashoggi, lower off his fingers, and killed and dismembered the 59-year-old author.

CNN aired surveillance footage on Monday exhibiting the person in Khashoggi’s gown shirt, go well with jacket and pants. It cited a Turkish official as describing the person as a “physique double” and a member of the Saudi workforce despatched to Istanbul to focus on the author. The person is seen within the footage strolling out of the consulate through its again exit with an confederate, then taking a taxi to Istanbul’s famed Sultan Ahmed Mosque, the place he went right into a public rest room, modified again out of the clothes and left.

The state-run broadcaster TRT later additionally reported {that a} man who entered the consulate constructing was seen leaving the constructing in Khashoggi’s clothes.

Evolving story

Within the days after Khashoggi vanished, Saudi officers initially mentioned that he had left the consulate, implying premeditation on the a part of the Saudi workforce.

“After Turkish authorities and the media have been allowed to examine the consulate constructing in its entirety, the accusations modified to the outrageous declare that he was murdered, within the consulate, throughout enterprise hours, and with dozens of employees and guests within the constructing,” Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Khalid bin Salman, a brother of the crown prince, wrote on Oct. 8. “I do not know who’s behind these claims, or their intentions, nor do I care frankly.”

A separate report by newspaper Yeni Safak mentioned Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Prince Mohammed’s entourage on journeys to the USA, France and Spain this yr, made the calls from the consulate. The newspaper mentioned the 4 calls went to Bader al-Asaker, head of Prince Mohammed’s workplace. It mentioned one other name went to the USA.

A picture made out of surveillance digicam footage shows a person recognized by Turkish officers as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb strolling towards the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier than Khashoggi disappeared on Oct. 2, 2018. The picture was printed Thursday by the pro-government Turkish newspaper Sabah. (Sabah through Related Press)

Yeni Safak cited no supply for the data. Nevertheless, pro-government newspapers have been leaking details about Khashoggi’s killing, apparently with the assistance of Turkish safety forces. Yeni Safak reported final week that Saudi officers lower off Khashoggi’s fingers after which decapitated him on the consulate as his fiancée waited outdoors.

Officers in Saudi Arabia haven’t answered repeated requests for remark from The Related Press in current days, together with on Monday. Saudi Arabia to this point has not acknowledged or defined Mutreb’s presence in Istanbul — nor {that a} forensics and post-mortem knowledgeable was additionally readily available for Khashoggi’s arrival on the consulate.

Final week, a leaked {photograph} apparently taken from surveillance footage confirmed Mutreb on the consulate, simply forward of Khashoggi’s arrival. Mutreb’s identify additionally matches that of a primary secretary who as soon as served as a diplomat on the Saudi Embassy in London, in response to a 2007 listing compiled by the British Overseas Workplace.

Condolence calls

In the meantime, Saudi state media reported that each Prince Mohammed and King Salman made calls to Khashoggi’s son, Salah, early on Monday morning. Statements from the company mentioned each the king and the crown prince expressed their condolences for Khashoggi’s demise.

A Saudi pal of Khashoggi who was in frequent contact with him earlier than his demise, informed The Related Press that Salah Khashoggi had been below a journey ban and barred from leaving the dominion since final yr on account of his father’s criticism of the federal government. The pal spoke on situation of anonymity for worry of repercussion. The Saudi statements didn’t acknowledge the ban.

5 Turkish staff of the consulate additionally gave testimonies to prosecutors on Monday, Turkish media reported. Istanbul’s chief prosecutor had summoned 28 extra employees members of the Saudi Consulate, together with Turkish residents and overseas nationals, to present testimony. Some Turkish staff reportedly mentioned they have been instructed to not go to work across the time that Khashoggi disappeared.

Saudi Overseas Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday informed Fox Information that Khashoggi’s killing was “a rogue operation” and that “we do not know the place the physique is.”

“The people who did this did this outdoors the scope of their authority,” he mentioned. “There clearly was an incredible mistake made and what compounded the error was the try to attempt to cowl up. That’s unacceptable to the federal government.”

Nevertheless, main Republicans and Democrats in Congress are saying Saudi Arabia ought to face punishment over Khashoggi’s killing. U.S. President Donald Trump additionally had talked about potential punishment, however mentioned he did not need to halt proposed arms gross sales to Saudi Arabia as a result of, he maintained, it could hurt U.S. producers.

Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the G20 opening ceremony on the Hangzhou Worldwide Expo Centre on Sept. 4, 2016, in Hangzhou, China. Bin Salman, now crown prince, and his father King Salman known as Khashoggi’s son to specific their condolences for his dad’s demise, the Saudi authorities says. (Nicolas Asfouri/Getty Photographs)

Britain, Germany and France issued a joint assertion condemning the killing of Khashoggi, saying there’s an “pressing want for clarification of precisely what occurred.”

In an announcement Sunday, the governments mentioned assaults on journalists are unacceptable and “of utmost concern to our three nations.” They mentioned the “hypotheses” proposed to this point within the Saudi investigation must be backed by details to be thought of credible.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel informed reporters in Berlin on Sunday that she helps a freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia. German Economic system Minister Peter Altmaier on Monday known as for a joint European place as Germany “will not at this level approve any additional arms exports as a result of we need to know what occurred.”


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