Saudis Admit To Everything But The Truth

Posted on Mon 10/22/2018 by


By Andrew Bolt ~

Saudi Arabia first said Jamal Khashoggi walked out of its Istanbul consulate.

Then it said he had died in the consulate in “quarrels and an altercation”.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Public Prosecutor stated the following: preliminary investigations carried out by the Public Prosecution Office into the disappearance of citizen Jamal Khashoggi revealed that the discussions that took place between him and the persons with whom he met him during his visit to the Kingdom’s Consulate in Istanbul led quarrels and an altercation, which tragically resulted in his death. The Public Prosecutor confirms that its investigations into this case continue with 18 individuals, who are all Saudi nationals, in custody with the aim of reaching all the facts and declaring them, and to hold all those involved in this case accountable and bringing them to justice.

Now its Foreign Minister says Khashoggi was killed in the consulate in a “criminal” act by individuals in a “rogue operation” operating “outside the scope of their authority”. Lies, lies and lies:

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Sunday that a “tremendous mistake” was made when Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and pushed back against the idea that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was linked to the journalist’s death.

Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News host Brett Baier that Khashoggi was killed in a “criminal” act committed by individuals operating “outside the scope of their authority.”

“There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up. That is unacceptable in any government,” he said…

Al-Jubeir said investigators still don’t know the details of how Khashoggi was killed nor where his body is located. Reports have said Khashoggi was dismembered, but the foreign minister said he could not confirm how the body was disposed of…

“We are determined to uncover every stone. We are determined to uncover all the facts and we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder,” he said…

Al-Jubeir denied that individuals involved in Khashoggi’s death were tied to the prince. He acknowledged that “there were pictures of some security officers who may have been part of his security detail from time to time.”

But the foreign minister said that was normal and that security officers rotate among officials.

“This was an operation that was a rogue operation,” he said. “This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had. They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it.”

The idea that this happened without the knowledge of the Crown Prince seems preposterous.

Who brings a bone saw to a mere discussion with a critic of the regime?

Numerous Turkish media published gruesome reports detailing the alleged final moments of Khashoggi’s life. According to the reports, the journalist was drugged, had his fingers cut off while being interrogated, and was finally decapitated by Saudi agents.

Turkish officials said that the Saudi consul could be heard telling the agents to “do it somewhere else outside or I will be in trouble,” while Khashoggi screamed and was told to “shut up” if he wanted to make to Saudi Arabia alive.

Meanwhile, other reports suggested that the head of the Saudi forensic unit at its security department dismembered Khashoggi with a bone saw while he was still alive. “When I do this job, I listen to music. You should do [that] too,” Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy was recorded as saying, the Turkish source told the London-based outlet Middle East Eye. The source said that there was no attempt to interrogate the journalist, and the Saudi agents moved straight for the kill.

Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.

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