A double to hide the murder of Khashoggi
A video posted Monday by CNN shows an alleged double of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who died at the Consulate of his country in Istanbul on October 2, leaving through the back door of the diplomatic legation that same day dressed in clothes that the reporter was carrying.
The double allegedly posing as Khashoggi, who has resided since 2017 in the US, is one of 15 Saudi officials who arrived in this Turkish city on the morning of 2 October and left at night, according to the recording of the security cameras. The leak comes only a day before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to announce the results of the investigation into the disappearance and death of the journalist.
The supposed assembly, according to CNN, was intended to defend that the disappeared left the Consulate without problems. However, beyond the clothing, the individual who leaves the building is another person, as can be seen in a frontal plane in which the face of the suspect is clearly visible.
The images come from various security cameras located in the vicinity of the legation. The suspect, according to the news network, is Mustafa al-Madani, one of the members of the team of 15 Saudi citizens who arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the Consulate of the Arab country on the same day that Khashoggi was last seen. According to the Turkish media, the journalist was executed by a commando of Saudi agents close to the Crown Prince, Mohamed Bin Salman, who traveled to Istanbul on October 2.
However, the Saudi Public Prosecutor’s Office said on Saturday that the preliminary results of its investigation into the Khashoggi case show that he died at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul “after a fight with people he met there,” according to a statement.
Riyadh had not admitted that the journalist, critical of the absolute Saudi monarchy, had died, as suggested by Turkey and the United States. “The investigations are still under way and 18 Saudi citizens have been arrested,” the statement from Saudi Arabia said.
This case has caused several countries to raise their voices against Riyadh for their confusing and contradictory explanations of the disappearance of the journalist, who was writing for The Washington Post and was visiting Istanbul on October 2 to obtain some documents to marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.
On Monday, for example, Germany has urged its European partners to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia. “Only if all the European countries agree, it will have an effect on the Riyadh Government,” German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told the public television ZDF this morning after Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday announce the suspension of arms sales to Riyadh.
With info from CNN