A senior figure from the kingdom phoned a Saudi aide and told him “tell your boss” the mission had been accomplished.
A member of the Saudi assassination squad behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi phoned a senior figure from the kingdom following his death and told him “tell your boss” the mission had been accomplished.
Sources claim the “boss” is none other than Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi officials deny any knowledge of the prince’s involvement in the killing, but experts believe the evidence is mounting up.
According to Al Jazeera, three people who have heard a recording of Khashoggi’s killing collected by Turkish intelligence, state that all the evidence leads to just one man – the Prince.
What’s more, US intelligence officials view the recording as some of the strongest evidence yet linking bin Salman to the murder, the source claims.
Turkish intelligence has found that Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, one of the 15-strong Saudi hit squad sent to Istanbul to target Khashoggi, made the phone call and spoke in Arabic. Mutreb is a security officer who frequently travels with the crown prince.
Turkish intelligence officers told US officials they believe the call was made to one of bin Salman’s close aides and the “boss” was indeed the Prince.
“The deed was done,” Mutreb told the aide.
“A phone call like that is about as close to a smoking gun as you are going to get,” Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer now at the Brookings Institution, said. “It is pretty incriminating evidence.”
However, a Saudi statement has said Turkey “allowed our intelligence services to hear recordings, and at no moment was there any reference to the mentioned phrase in the recordings”. But sources are admanat it exists and the investigation continues.
Khashoggi was a well respected Saudi writer, US resident and Washington Post columnist. He was an extremely vocal critic of the Saudi regime and thought to be part of the so-called resistance.
The journalist entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd to obtain documentation certifying that he divorced his ex-wife so he could remarry. He never came out.
The whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body is still unknown.