By - Adedoyin Shittu
After 6 months of investigation, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, released a report on Wednesday, June 19th, revealing what happened before Jamal Khashoggi death, circumstances that happened during his execution and what happened afterwards. It reveals damaging evidence linking top level officials close to the crowned prince and members of his royal court but there was no direct link between the crowned prince with the execution of the journalist.
The plan for the pre-meditated execution started on the 28th of September 2018, when the journalist visited the Consulate to clarify whether or not there was a way for them to get married without a Saudi document stating that Mr. Khashoggi was unmarried. It was reported that even before the journalist plan took off from the airport at Istanbul, plans were already spinning on how to get the journalist.
Re-enactment of Jamal Khashoggi execution on October 2, 2018 at the Saudi Consulate
Moment before Mr Khashsoggi entered the Consulate, two of the suspects had this conversation
Mr. Mutreb: Will it be possible to put the trunk in a bag? (Trunk in reference to his body)
Dr. Tubaigy: No. Too heavy, be easy. Joints will be separated. It is not a problem. The body is heavy. First time I cut on the ground. If we take plastic bags and cut it into pieces, it will be finished. We will wrap each of them.” “Leather bags.
Mr. Mutreb: Has the sacrificial animal arrived
Another voice: He has arrived
Inside the Consulate, Mr. Khashoggi was invited to the office of the Consul General located on the second floor of Consulate.
According to recordings, this conversation took place in the office of the Consul General.
Saudi Official: We will have to take you back. There is an order from Interpol. Interpol requested you to be sent back. We are coming to get you
Khashoggi: There isn’t a case against me. I notified some people outside; they are waiting for me; a driver is waiting for me.
Later on, Mr. Khashoggi admitted that no driver is waiting but his fiancee is waiting for him.
On several occasions, a Saudi official told Mr. Khashoggi “let’s make it short.
Mr. Mutreb: Do you phones on you
Khashoggi: Two phones
Mr. Mutreb: Which brands?
Khashoggi: Apple phones
Mr. Mutreb: Send a message to your son
Khashoggi: Which son? What should I say to my son?
Mr. Mutreb: You will type a message – let’s rehearse; show us.
Khashoggi: What should I say? See you soon? I can’t say kidnapping
Mr. Mutreb: Cut it short.” “Take off your jacket.
Khashoggi: How could this happen in an embassy?” “I will not write anything
Mr. Mutreb: Cut it short.
Khashoggi: I will not write anything
Mr. Mutreb: type it, Mr. Jamal. Hurry up. Help us so that we can help you because at the end we will take you back to Saudi Arabia and if you don’t help us you know what will happen at the end; let this issue find a good end.”
Khashoggi: there is a towel here. Are you going to give me drugs?
Saudi Official: We will anesthetize you
Sounds of a struggle can be heard
Saudi Official: Did he sleep? He raises his head.” “Keep pushing.” “Push here; don’t remove your hand; push it.
Assessments of the recordings by intelligence officers in Turkey and other countries suggest that Mr. Khashoggi could have been injected with a sedative and then suffocated using a plastic bag. Sounds of movement and heavy panting could be heard in the remainder of the recordings. The sound of plastic sheets (wrapping) could also be heard. Turkish Intelligence concluded that these came after Mr. Khashoggi’s death while the Saudi officials were dismembering his body as the sound of a saw could be identified.
Maher Mutreb and Salah al-Tubaigy are part of the 15 hitmen squad. Maher Mutreb is a Saudi intelligence officer who worked for a senior advisor to Saudi crown prince
Salah al-Tubaigy, is a forensics doctor from the Interior Ministry was tasked with dismembering and disposing of Khashoggi’s body.
Mutreb and 10 others are now standing trial in closed hearings in Saudi Arabia for their role in the crime according to Riyadh.
Though the crowned prince was not directly linked to the execution of Khashoggi at the Consulate as there was no sufficient evidence to suggest who ordered the execution, there is damning evidence linking the crowned prince to the cover up of the crime.
Before allowing the Turkish officials to gain access to the crime scene, the Saudi officials sent some of their officials to investigate the crimes for almost ten days. During that period, there was strong evidence that the crime scene was forensically cleaned for any implicating evidence and by the time the Turkish officials came to investigate, they found no evidence whatsoever.
The cleaning of the crime demonstrated that the Saudi Arabia investigation was a hoax to cover up any incriminating evidence and it was not done in good faith, the condition for investigation of crime of this nature was not met by the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the highest level of the State must have known that evidence of crime was been tampered with.
In conclusion, the Special Rapporteur said Mr. Khashoggi has been the victim of a deliberate, premeditated execution, an extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under international human rights law,”
“There is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including the crown prince’s,” she said.
“Indeed, this human rights inquiry has shown that there is sufficient credible evidence regarding the responsibility of the crown prince demanding further investigation,” Callamard added, urging UN Secretary-General António Guterres to establish an international probe.
After the disappearance of Khashoggi at the Consulate in October 2, Riyadh finally admits that he died in the Consulate, after claiming ignorance of his disappearance for over 2 weeks.
There was a lot of allegations that the United State should have known that the life of Mr Khashoggi was at risk since he lived in Washington, worked for the Washington Post and was a renowned member of the press corp. These allegations were based on leaks by the CIA, though the U.N. rights investigation could not substantiate this leaks and for that reason the UN independent investigation concluded that the US might not have faced the responsibility to protect and warn Mr khashoggi since it was not aware.
In response to the U.N. report on the killing, the Saudi Arabia’s minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, has rejected the investigator’s report as “nothing new”. Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan also responded with regards to the report, he said on Wednesday, those responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will pay the price and be held accountable.
Callamard called for suspension of the closed trial in Saudi Arabia with regard to its fairness in the kingdom as the 11 suspect tried in the kingdom were not part of the 15 men hit squad.
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