Mohamed Bin Salman (MBS) “approved the operation in Istanbul to capture or kill Jamal Khashoggi”reveals the report recently declassified by US intelligence. Donald Trump knew it, but decided to put the information in a drawer and continue to firmly support the Saudi crown prince. Joe Biden seems ready to recalibrate relations with the kingdom And after suspending its support for the war in Yemen, comes the declassification of this document that directly points to the young heir to the throne as the mastermind of the murder and dismemberment of the columnist of ‘The Washington Post’ in 2018.
This North American report coincides with the one prepared by the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Agnes Callamard, who also concluded that “There is credible evidence (…) on the individual responsibility of senior Saudi officials, including the crown prince”. The CIA report points directly to Bin Salman, as he “has control of decision-making in the kingdom.” There was “direct involvement of a key adviser and members of his security team” in the operation, and also because of their “support for the use of violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi.”
The document was known to Trump, but the former president chose to firmly support the prince
In September the young heir to the throne and strong man of the country admitted his “responsibility in what happened for being the leader of the country”, although he assured that “Knew nothing” of what he described as a “horrible crime”, according to an interview with CBS. American intelligence now dismantles his version of events and points to him as the mastermind of what happened.
Consulate of Istanbul
The document is four pages long and also details the identities of the people who took part in the operation that took place at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but the CIA evidence to reach these conclusions remains classified material. The US administration announced sanctions against several Saudi nationals involved in the murder, although these punishments will not be applied to MBS so as not to damage relations between two allied countries, according to White House sources. The Bloomberg channel announced that the sanctioned list is 76 people.
Khashoggi, 59, a voice critical of the monarchy, entered his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 to carry out a procedure related to your divorce, for which he had made an appointment, and was never heard from again. At first, Saudi Arabia denied any connection to the murder, but as the days passed and the evidence provided by Turkish sources, it admitted death within the legation at the hands of its officials. His body never appeared.
Riyadh arrested 18 people and sentenced eight, five of them to capital punishment, but it exempted MBS from all responsibility, considered a red line. Those sentenced to death received the pardon of the journalist’s family last Ramadan and the sentence was commuted to sentences of twenty years in prison. The announcement was made by Salah, the victim’s eldest son, a spokesman for the family and the only one of the four children living in Saudi Arabia. The UN denounced that the trial on this case held in Riyadh was marked by “secrecy” and “lack of transparency.”