Saudi Arabia government planned Jamal Khashoggi hit
Important Saudi leaders deployed a 15-man hit squad to wait for dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi inside Riyadh‘s consulate in Istanbul, said The New York Times.
Among the assassination team was a forensic expert who brought a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi‘s body after killing him, reported NYT on Tuesday, citing an unidentified “senior official“.
The hit squad finished the murder operation within two hours and departed Turkey for various countries, said the Times source, citing information from “top Turkish officials”.
“It is like Pulp Fiction,” the senior Turkish official was quoted as saying, referring to the graphically violent 1994 Hollywood movie by director Quentin Tarantino.
Accusations the Saudi leadership directly ordered the alleged assassination of Jamal Khashoggi will put further pressure on the United States and other allies to demand a transparent investigation, with possible serious repercussions to bilateral relations if it does not come to fruition.
Saudi officials have denied any involvement in Khashoggi‘s disappearance and alleged murder, saying he left the consulate on October 2. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that Riyadh prove his departure from the building.
The Turkish government hasn’t provided formal evidence that could back up the spate of anonymous allegations that the Saudi writer was killed inside the Istanbul consulate.
Daily Sabah, a Turkish newspaper with close ties to the government, named and published photos on Tuesday of the alleged 15-member Saudi assassination team accused of travelling to Istanbul on the day Khashoggi disappeared. The suspects are wanted by Turkish authorities for questioning.
With info from aljazeera.com
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