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Saudi Crown Prince Must Answer for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Crown Prince Must Answer for the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi
Turkish police forensic experts arrive at the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, on October 17, 2018. (Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images)

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 03:29 PM Current | Bio | Archive

As someone that lived and worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for nearly four years; and as the interim Minister of the Interior of Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein, I’ve witnessed first-hand the brutality and barbarity of their systems of justice and interrogation in the Middle East. I’ve also witnessed beheadings and stonings — their punishments for capital crimes.

So, the recent interrogation, brutal murder, and dismemberment of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi did not surprise me, but what did was the sheer stupidity with which the Saudis acted, believing that they could get away with this, and that links to the highest levels of the royal family would not be exposed.

What was more surprising, is who I believe gave the actual order to have Khashoggi murdered.

The crown prince, as well as his father, King Salman, have animatedly denied their involvement in the torturous and grizzly murder, but it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out where the orders came from, especially knowing and understanding the hierarchy of the Saudi government.

According to published reports, at least one of four of the suspects in this gruesome murder is a frequent companion of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and has been seen with him in Europe and in the United States. Three other members of his personal security detail were also allegedly part of the fifteen-man team that flew from Saudi Arabia to greet Mr. Khashoggi when he arrived at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

This to me raises serious questions about Prince Mohammed’s personal involvement, and his sincerity and truthfulness of his denial.

What’s most telling is that, according to sources that heard the audio recording of the torture and murder, at some point while these barbarians were cutting off Khashoggi’s fingers, one at a time, the Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi is heard saying, “Do this outside; you're going to get me in trouble,” which tells you that he wanted nothing to do with what was happening.

One of the assassins is then heard saying, “Shut up if you want to live when you return to Saudi Arabia.”

Now, keep in mind that the Saudi Cousul General normally reports directly to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who reports to the Crown Prince and His Majesty the King. He would normally be the most powerful Saudi figure in that consulate or any embassy.

This means that whoever told the Consul General to shut up if he wanted to live upon returning to the Kingdom, had to be acting on the direct power and authority of either His Majesty the King, or the Crown Prince, and given the relationship and closeness of the four men identified as the crown prince’s personal security staff, there is very little doubt that they were acting with impunity and at the direction of the crown prince himself.

The Saudi government initially reported that this murder may have been carried out by a rouge group of assassins, but there’s no chance. This group wielded the power and authority to leave and return to the Kingdom on government planes, had unfettered access to the Saudi Consulate, and was brazen enough to reprimand the Saudi Consul, and threaten him with death.

No one in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia could get away with that, without the power and authority of the King, or Crown Prince themselves. NO ONE!

Given the King’s health and relinquishment of power over the past eighteen months to the crown prince, it looks like Prince Mohammad needs to come up with some answers… truthful ones.

The western world and mainstream media has ignored the brutality and barbaric behavior of Saudi Arabia for years, but I’m not sure they’re going to let this one pass.

A grizzly murder of a reporter, possibly ordered by the highest level in Saudi government? Instead of threatening sanctions against those that have questioned the Saudis over this case, the Crown Prince should re-think that quick, and come up with answers for something that should have never happened in the first place.

As New York City’s 40th Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik was in command of the NYPD on September 11, 2001, and responsible for the city’s response, rescue, recovery, and the investigative efforts of the most substantial terror attack in world history. His 35-year career has been recognized in more than 100 awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a presidential commendation for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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The western world and mainstream media has ignored the brutality and barbaric behavior of Saudi Arabia for years, but I’m not sure they’re going to let this one pass.
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