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11 October 2018 12:30 pm

Jamal Khashoggi: Turkish media reveals CCTV footage -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 71

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Turkish officials have released video surveillance footage of Khashoggi entering the consulate on the afternoon of Oct. 2. There is no footage that shows him leaving. 

Jamal Khashoggi, a 59-year-old the prominent Saudi journalist and critic of the Saudi monarchy, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October and has not been seen since then. 


Mr. Khashoggi was visiting the consulate to finalise papers so he could marry Ms. Cengiz. He is seen on the video entering the consulate. His fiancée waits outside.

A Turkish pro-government newspaper printed the names and pictures of 15 Saudis who allegedly arrived in Istanbul on two private jets the day the journalist vanished. 

A graphic from the Turkish daily newspaper Sabah purports to identify the 15-member Saudi team allegedly involved in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi
A graphic from the Turkish daily newspaper Sabah purports to identify the 15-member Saudi team allegedly involved in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Turkey has identified the roles most of the 15 men held in the Saudi government or security services, and one of them were claimed to be an expert in post-mortem examinations, presumably to help dismember the body, the Turkish official said.

Prince Salman ordered Khashoggi operation

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court via REUTERS

Turkish authorities believe he was murdered on orders from “the highest levels of the royal court” in Riyadh, according to the New York Times, citing a senior official.

Mohammed bin Salman - the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him, according to U.S. intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan, reported Washington Post

As per some of Khashoggi’s friends, over the past four months, senior Saudi officials close to the crown prince had called Khashoggi to offer him protection along with a high-level government job, in the event that he returns to his home country.

However, Khashoggi was skeptical of the alluring offers. He told one friend that the Saudi government would never keep their promises on not to harm him.

“He said: ‘Are you kidding? I don’t trust them one bit,’ ” said Khaled Saffuri, an Arab American political activist, recounting a conversation he had with Khashoggi in May, shortly after Khashoggi had received a call from Saud al-Qahtani, an adviser to the royal court.

However, Turkish officials have concluded that whatever the intent of the operation, Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate. 


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