Case of Khashoggi. Recording may jeopardize Saudi Prince

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One member of the team suspected of murdering the journalist said on the phone that whoever was on the other end of the line could “tell the boss” that the mission had been carried out. Turkish officials believe the “chief” is Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Immediately after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered at the Istanbul consulate in Istanbul, a member of the team suspected of having murdered him said on the phone, who was on the other end of the line: you can “tell your boss” that the mission was carried out. The “boss,” according to the New York Times , has been singled out as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and could make the recording a strong evidence linking the Saudi prince to crime.

The call was made by Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, who often joins the security team of Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Turkish authorities, who shared the footage with CIA director Gina Haspel in October, the month in which Khashoggi was murdered, believe that Mutreb was speaking to someone close to the prince. However, Turkey and the United States point out that this recording is not definitive incriminating evidence, since it does not directly involve the prince.

In a statement, Saudi Arabia returned yesterday to deny that the prince “had any knowledge” of the murder of Khashoggi.

Although Turkey allowed the United States and other countries, such as Canada and France, to listen to the recording, in addition to providing transcripts, it has not yet been made available for independent analysis, the New York Times adds .

The White House justifies the fact that its relations with Saudi Arabia, a country allied with the Trump Administration, remain unchanged after the Khashoggi affair with the fact that there is no concrete evidence of its involvement in the assassination. But the power shift in Congress, following the recent midterm elections in the United States, where Democrats will be in majority from January, may increase pressure on the White House to take action.

This week the CIA will be in Congress: Director Gina Haspel is also expected to be pressured to pronounce on the guilt of the Saudi prince.