The UN has finalized an inquiry into the murder of journalist Jamal
Khashoggi, who was killed in early October in the Saudi Consulate in
Istanbul, Turkey. The conclusion, as widely expected, was that Saudi officials had “planned and perpetrated” the murder.
This conclusion has been a broad consensus, with a Saudi “kill team” sent to the consulate for Khashoggi’s arrival and the journalist never seen again. Various Saudi official narratives have likewise said that the kill team murdered him, though in varying ways that would exonerate the Saudi Crown Prince from direct responsibility.
The Saudis are still trying to sell that claim, but it’s getting weaker, as reports on Thursday were that the Crown Prince told an aide that if they weren’t successful in luring Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia he would “use a bullet” on him instead.
With top members of the kill team also close aides of the prince, it isn’t hard to go from this comment, to Khashoggi’s brutal murder, and start drawing some conclusions. President Trump is oe of the few resisting that conclusion, fearing it would hurt US arms sales.
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