Khashoggi’s friends and family want his dead body to be buried. The irony is the fact that authorities in Riyadh want the same thing – Khashoggi to be buried. Not just the body but the entire discourse.
As European leaders and even US president question Saudi Arabia’s explanation for killing of the Journalist inside Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Khashoggi is much more alive that he ever was during his life time.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), yesterday accepted that in Jamal Khashoggi was in fact killed inside its diplomatic facility in Istanbul and an initial probe showed that the was killed after “discussions” at the consulate turned physical. Khashoggi died after he strangulated, most like by a choke hold.
Turkish media has been claiming that this was no accident and a 15-member Saudi death squad flew into Ankara, tortured and killed Jamal Khashoggi, dismembered his body and left. The leadership in Ankara has endorsed the reports which are more like ‘leaks’ from Turkish intelligence reports.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said events surrounding the killing “still haven’t been cleared up (by KSA) and of course we demand that they be cleared up.”. The French too condemned the killing of journalist pressed for in-depth investigation of the case.
In US, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham too questioned Riyadh’s narrative.
To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement. https://t.co/am4fraUL6H
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 19, 2018
While fingers are pointing to the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s involvement in the decision, Saudi media is rallying behind him to provide an alternative explanation. The crown prince had no specific knowledge of the operation that led to Khashoggi’s death, the Saudi news site Al Arabiya reported.