Wednesday June 23, 2021
Murder of government critics
Khashoggi perpetrators probably trained in the USA
In October 2018, the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered by a Saudi Arabian secret service. Now there is new evidence of paramilitary training for several perpetrators in the USA.
There are new findings in the case of the murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi: 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 training of the Saudi Arabian agents was defensive in nature and “had no relation to their later heinous deeds”.
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 USA.
Corpse was dismembered
Khashoggi was murdered on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul by a 15-strong Saudi Arabian secret service command. His body was dismembered. The Saudi Arabian journalist and government critic was living in exile in the United States and wrote for the Washington Post.
The US had published an intelligence report in which the Saudi Arabian 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.