The mysterious man who entered the consulate before Khashoggi

Suspicions in the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (who lost track on last October 2) settled in the last hours in a mysterious character linked to the environment of Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It´s about a man who entered the Arab consulate in Istanbul shortly before Khashoggi disappeared there, who had gone there to look for a document to marry. His girlfriend stayed waiting for him outside.

Turkish government sources said that inside the diplomatic headquarters the journalist was murdered and dismembered, according to The Washington Post, where Khashoggi signed columns criticizing the Saudi kingdom and the prince.

The suspect, with a remarkable jaw, appears dressed in a suit without a tie and looks like a bodyguard. He was also detected in Mohammed‘s entourage during a trip to the United States last April, when he passed through Houston.

All this arises from a series of images taken from the security cameras of the consulate and that were released this Thursday in the Turkish official newspaper Sabah, plus another from the Houston Chronicle reflecting that visit.

Houston, USA, April 7, 2018

The suspect was in his delegation and had a pin on the flap with the American and Saudi flags: the same one used by other bodyguards. Mohammed walked through an area damaged by the floods left by Hurricane Harvey.

El hombre misterioso en la delegación saudita | Gráfica AP

On that trip, which lasted 3 weeks, the prince met with businessman Jeff Bezos, owner of the Post where Khashoggi wrote.

Saudi Consulate in Turkey, October 2

Entrando a la sede diplomática | Gráfica AP

More men follow in the footsteps of the suspect. According to another Turkish ruling party, Yeni Safak, a Saudi group cut off Khashoggi’s fingers before beheading him. A filtered recording days ago showed diplomatic cars leaving for the consul’s house less than 2 hours after the journalist entered the headquarters at 13:14.

House of the consul, October 2

En la residencia oficial del cónsul | Gráfica AP

A little later, at 17:15, the suspect registered his departure from a hotel.

Ataturk Airport, October 2

The identity of the suspect is still unknown but, according to the Turkish authorities, he is undoubtedly one of the members of the group of 15 Saudis involved in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

En el control de seguridad | Gráfica AP

The secret services of Turkey, which usually filter data in media linked to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, pointed from the first moment to Saudi Arabia, which of course denied everything and said there was no evidence.

Will there be justice to Khashoggi?

Khashoggi, 59, had self-exiled in the United States, a country that has huge oil and arms deals with the Saudis.

President Donald Trump demanded that Turkey deliver audio and videos about the crime of the journalist, “if it existed.” He denied that he was covering the Saudis and added that “we are probably going to know from here at the end of the week” what happened.

The United States received a payment of 100 million dollars from Arabia on Tuesday, just when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh, according to The New York Times.

The Post released this Thursday in honor of Khashoggi his last column, which highlights how the governments of the Middle East attack journalists: “The Arab world faces its own version of the Iron Curtain, but not imposed by external actors but by forces domestic disputes over power. “

With info from AP, The Washington Post and El Clarín

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