Khashoggi Murder Suspect Dies in “Suspicious Car Accident”

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(ZHE) — A 31-year-old lieutenant within the Saudi Royal Air Power stated to have participated within the killing of Saudi author Jamal Khashoggi died in a “suspicious automotive accident” in Riyadh, according to Turkish media.

Mashal Saad al-Bostani was reportedly on a 15-man hit squad dispatched to Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul Consulate in Turkey on October 2 throughout Khashoggi’s go to, earlier than the group rapidly left the nation, in accordance with every day Yeni Şafak.

Albostani entered Turkey at 1:45 a.m. native time (2245GMT). He stayed on the Wyndham Grand Resort and left the nation at 9:46 p.m. native time (1846GMT) on a personal jet which belonged to the Sky Prime Aviation firm. –Yeni Şafak

Bostani’s alleged function within the homicide of the Saudi journalist are unclear, as are particulars of the visitors accident in Riyadh – prompting accusations of a canopy up by those that orchestrated the Khashoggi hit. In the meantime, a columnist for Turkey’s Daily Hürriyet wrote on Thursday that Mohammad al Otaibi, Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consul-general, could be “the subsequent execution.”

Turkish every day Yeni Şafak reported Oct. 17 that Al-Otaibi’s voice might be heard in one of many recordings, which Turkish authorities are believed to have, of Khashoggi’s “interrogation” on the consulate.

In response to the report, after Al-Otaibi advised the interrogators to “do it some place else outdoors or I will probably be in hassle,” he was advised to “shut up if you wish to reside when you’re again in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Otaibi returned to Saudi Arabia on Oct. 16 earlier than his residence in Istanbul was searched by police for greater than eight hours on Oct. 17 and Oct. 18. –Daily Hürriyet

One other suspect’s photograph was launched from safety footage on October 18 by the newspaper Sabah, which studies that 47-year-old intelligence officer Maher Abdulaziz M. Mutreb, who beforehand served at Saudi Arabia’s London embassy, “landed in Istanbul at three:38 a.m. on Oct. 2 and went to his nation’s Istanbul consulate at 9:55 a.m.,” in accordance with Hürriyet.

Hours after Khashoggi’s arrival and disappearance, Mutreb left the consulate and visited the consul’s residence at four:53 p.m., left his lodge at 5:15 p.m. and arrived on the Atatürk Airport for his return journey on a personal jet at 5:58 p.m. –Daily Hürriyet

Mutreb had travelled extensively with the crown prince, maybe as a bodyguard in accordance with an October 16 report within the New York Occasions.

Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Publish columnist who was crucial of the Saudi authorities, reportedly took seven minutes to die in accordance with the Middle East Eye and the Wall Street Journal.

In maybe probably the most ugly particulars from the report, MEM reported that Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who was recognized by the Occasions and different media shops as an “post-mortem skilled” whose presence cuts in opposition to Saudis’ ideas that the killing wasn’t premeditated, began reducing Khashoggi’s physique into items whereas the journalist was unconscious, however nonetheless respiration. Beforehand, Khashoggi had been knocked unconscious after being injected with a mysterious substance.

Later, the NYT reported that the hit squad minimize off Khashoggi’s fingers whereas he was nonetheless acutely aware throughout an interrogation the place he was additionally crushed and tortured earlier than being dragged into one other room the place they completed butchering him.

In response to WSJ, voices on the tapes may be heard asking the Saudi consul to depart his workplace earlier than the hit squad murdered Khashoggi. The consul, al-Otaibi, departed Turkey for Riyadh Tuesday afternoon after the Saudis, in a sudden reversal, denied Turkey’s requests to go looking Otaibi’s residence, saying his house was off limits to investigators.