The journalist Khashoggi was brutally murdered in a Saudi Arabian embassy in 2018. Now there is new information: Members of the murder squad probably took part in paramilitary training in the United States.
In the case of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, there are new indications of paramilitary training for several perpetrators in the USA. According to a report in the New York Times, four members of the murder squad took part in a training session by the private security company Tier 1 Group in 2017. Two of them had already participated in a previous training course from October 2014 to January 2015.
The newspaper relied on the statement of a manager of the US company Cerberus Capital Management, the parent company of the Tier 1 Group. This had applied for a post in the US Department of Defense. In a written statement to the Pentagon, he stated that the Saudi agents’ training was defensive in nature and “unrelated to their later heinous deeds”.
This is what the Khashoggi case was about: The journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who lived in exile in the USA, was killed on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a special command from Riyadh. There is still no trace of his body to this day. According to a US intelligence report released on Friday, Bin Salman approved the operation to capture or kill Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia rejected this as wrong.
US Government Approved Training
According to the report, the training took place with the approval of the US government under then-President Barack Obama. The Washington Post reported in 2019 about the alleged training of members of the murder squad in the United States.
Khashoggi was murdered on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul by a 15-strong Saudi secret service command. His body was dismembered. The Saudi journalist and government critic was living in exile in the United States and wrote for the Washington Post.
US Secret Services: Crown Prince responsible for assassination
At the end of February, the United States published a secret service report in which the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is directly responsible for the murder of Khashoggi. The heir to the throne “approved” the use to capture or kill the government critic, it said.
Riyadh had initially denied the killing of Khashoggi, but finally admitted under international pressure that the opponent of the powerful crown prince had been killed “in an unsuccessful mission to arrest him”. However, the kingdom firmly rejected any involvement of the heir to the throne. Later, in an opaque trial in Saudi Arabia, five Saudi citizens were sentenced to death and three others were sentenced to prison terms. The death sentences have since been turned into prison terms.