Khashoggi Confirmed “DEAD” – King Salman’s Favourite Son May Be Fired As Crown Prince After His Murder Scandal

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Oct 20 2018
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In what appears to be yet another U-turn, President Donald Trump acknowledged that Jamal Khashoggi is likely dead. And the president has once again said he will consider “very severe consequences” for the oil rich U.S. ally Saudi, reversing his earlier defence of the House of Saud that news media were being unfair in their “guilty until proven innocent” reporting.


Anyway, the Saudi cannot reverse the US$100 million cash sent to the U.S. – widely believed to be some sort of bribe for Trump administration covering up the brutal murder scandal. Trump faces mounting criticism from his own lawmakers for taking too soft a stance on the kingdom’s conduct. Some members of Congress have called for sanctions on Saudi Arabia, despite Trump’s resistance.


Saudi Arabia has also made a U-turn, admitting that the missing journalist is indeed “dead”, reversing the kingdom’s denial that the Washington Post columnist had walked out of its consulate alive and kicking. In his attempt to protect Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Trump has foolishly suggested a laughable story – that “rogue killers” had brutally killed journalist Khashoggi.

President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Exactly who does Trump plan to convince that the 15-member squad was not on the crown prince’s order to kill Khashoggi? It has gotten so bad that even Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had no choice but announced that he would not attend an international investing conference in Saudi, an event where American media industry and business community have already boycotted in droves.


However, the kingdom has now come out with a more mind-boggling story than Trump’s. In its latest twist, the Saudi government claimed that Khashoggi got into a fistfight with the people he met at the consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct. 2. Khashoggi died in that clash. This, of course, contradicts the crown prince’s earlier statement to Bloomberg that the journalist left the consulate shortly after he arrived.


Still, Riyadh’s truckload of bullshit could not explain why a strong 15-member “hit team”, including Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy – the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department – was dispatched to Turkey on the same day the journalist was tortured and butchered. Even if Khashoggi had died in a fatal fistfight, why was his body not produced in one piece?

Jamal Khashoggi Murder - Dr Salah Muhammad Al-Tubaigy – At Istanbul Airport On Oct 2

As expected, to deflect attention from his the crown prince, King Salman has also fired Deputy Chief of General Intelligence Ahmad bin Hassan Asiri and royal court advisor Abdullah Al-Qahtani. Making Asiri, a top adviser to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the scapegoat was obviously a cheap way to shield the despicable crown prince from blame.


Saudi’s latest explanation (or rather lies) clashes with details provided by Turkish investigators. Turkish investigators had concluded days ago that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a Saudi team dispatched to Istanbul. U.S. officials have said that Turkey has audio and video recordings providing evidence that the journalist was interrogated and killed and his body cut into several pieces.


Senator Lindsey O. Graham said in a Twitter post – “To say that I am sceptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement. First we were told Mr. Khashoggi supposedly left the consulate and there was blanket denial of any Saudi involvement. Now, a fight breaks out and he’s killed in the consulate, all without knowledge of Crown Prince.”

Jamal Khashoggi - Dead Murdered Killed

Yes, Saudi should stop insulting people’s intelligence. Both Assiri and Qahtani are among Mohammed’s closest aides and they could not have acted without orders from the crown prince. Perhaps King Salman had no choice but to at least try to hoodwink international community with such bullshit story, regardless how ridiculous it might sound. It could be his last measure to save his son.


But the plot thickens as one of the 15-member “hit team” dispatched to Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to torture and kill Khashoggi has suddenly died in a “suspicious traffic accident” in Riyadh. Mashal Saad al-Bostani, 31, a lieutenant in the Saudi Royal Air Forces, was one of those who flew into Istanbul on 2 October by private jet.


Now, the speculation is that the Saudi consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, could be the next target to be “silenced”. Al-Otaibi was caught on audio tape during Khashoggi’s interrogations – during which the journalist’s fingers were cut off and he was beheaded – telling the 15-member squad to “do it somewhere else outside or I will be in trouble.”

Mashal Saad al-Bostani - Died In A “Suspicious Traffic Accident”

Crown Prince Mohammed might be King Salman’s favourite son and the king-in-waiting, but his latest stunt has become so disaster that the king was compelled to intervene. Last Thursday (October 11), the king dispatched his most trusted aide, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca who happens to be a good friend of Turkish President Erdogan, to Istanbul to try to defuse the crisis.


A bombshell was dropped by French daily “Le Figaro on Thursday – that the Saudi royal family has started actively looking for a replacement to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as next in line to succeed his father, King Salman. Thanks to international pressure and scrutiny, it’s increasingly difficult for the king to justify his crown prince as the next king.


Saudi’s Allegiance Council, a body responsible for determining future succession to the throne of Saudi Arabia, is reportedly in secret meeting. As of 1 April 2013, the council had 28 members – 9 surviving sons of Ibn Saud and his 19 grandsons. Based on French national newspapers, the Saudi ruling family may have shortlisted a candidate to replace the 33-year old crown prince.

Prince Khalid Bin Salman

The most likely candidate, if the delegate representing each of the Saudi clans eventually agrees, will be Prince Khalid bin Salman – a much less ambitious and more predictable brother of the current Crown Prince Mohammed. Having been Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. since April 2017, Prince Khalid was recalled last week back to Riyadh.


The prince reportedly will not be returning to the United States, fuelling speculation he would be the replacement to the disgraced crown prince. Prior to becoming an ambassador, the Prince Khalid was an adviser at Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Washington as well as at the Ministry of Defense in Riyadh. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Sciences from King Faisal Air Academy, and continued his education in the United States.


He also served as a pilot in the kingdom’s air force, flying F-15s and taking part in more than 50 combat missions in Syria and Yemen. King Salman doesn’t have the luxury of time. Exiled Prince Khalid bin Farhan al-Saud has accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of being behind the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - Adolf Hitler

Prince Khalid bin Farhan, who currently lives in Germany and under the protection of the government, has described King Salman as a “rather tyrant ruler who uses violence because he lacks political experience.” The dissident prince has demanded King Salman bin Abdulaziz to abdicate the throne in favour of his brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz after the disappearance of the journalist.


The murder of Khashoggi, argued Prince Khalid bin Farhan, has made the House of Saud looked like a mafia organization, not a legitimate government. Hence, if King Salman continues to protect his crown prince, his entire clan could face retaliation from other clans, who have been sharpening their knives ever since the crown prince launched his so-called anti-corruption crackdown.


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