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The 7-Minute Gruesome Murder – Trump Claims “No Financial Interests”, Offers Lame Excuse To Protect Saudi



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Oct 17 2018
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Jamal Khashoggi had probably died a horrible death. According to a Turkish source who has listened in full to an audio recording of the Saudi journalist’s last moment, Khashoggi was dragged from the Consul General’s office at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Revealed by Middle East Eye portal, horrendous screams were then heard by a witness downstairs.

 

“There was no attempt to interrogate him. They had come to kill him,” – said the insider. The entire episode was so horrible that the consul himself was taken out of the room. The screaming stopped only when Khashoggi was injected with an as yet unknown substance. Enter Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy – the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department.

 

He was one of the 15-member squad who arrived in Ankara earlier that day on a private jet. Then, the real brutality started. Dr. Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy began to cut Khashoggi’s body up on a table in a study room – while the journalist was “still alive”. As he started to dismember the body, Tubaigy put on earphones and listened to music. He advised other members of the team to do the same.

Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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

Dr. Tubaigy was recorded as saying – “When I do this job, I listen to music. You should do [that] too.” Armed with a bone saw, he then proceeded with his job. Apparently, he is listed as the president of the Saudi Fellowship of Forensic Pathology and a member of the Saudi Association for Forensic Pathology. A 3-minute version of the audio tape has been given to Turkish newspaper Sabah.

 

It would take 7-minute to kill Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of Riyadh’s policies and also a U.S. resident. Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News claims that after the killing, the journalist’s remaining body was “evaporated” with acid. Tubaigy is an expert in his field and he was the architect behind a mobile clinic that allows coroners to perform autopsies in seven minutes.

 

In 2014, London-based Saudi newspaper Asharaq al-Awsat interviewed Tubaigy about the “mobile clinic” designed to determine the cause of death of Hajj pilgrims. The mobile clinic could be used in “security cases that requires pathologist intervention to perform an autopsy or examine a body at the place of a crime”.

Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Although Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has denied his involvement in the cold-blooded execution of the journalist, several of the suspects of the 15-member contingent sent by Riyadh who were identified by Turkish officials in the disappearance of Khashoggi had close ties to the king-in-waiting of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 

One suspect, Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, was a Saudi diplomat assigned to the London embassy in 2007 and has been photographed traveling with the crown prince in the United States and Europe. According to the New York Times, three other suspects have served as part of the crown prince’s security team. In fact, Turkey has released photos of the 15-member demolition team.

 

Abdulaziz Mohammed al-Hawsawi, a member of the security team that travels with the crown prince, has been identified as the second suspect who has worked with the Saudi royal family. A third suspect, Thaar Ghaleb al-Harbi, was promoted last year to the rank of lieutenant in the Saudi royal guard for bravery in the defense of Crown Prince Mohammed’s palace in Jeddah.

Jamal Khashoggi Murder - Crown Prince and Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb

The evidence, or at least the suspicious, has been so overwhelming that major American business community has since boycotted an investment conference in Riyadh. In fact, horse trading and secret deals are being made as the United States, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are believed to be searching for a face-saving way out of the murder scandal.

 

The Saudi government is reportedly discussing a change of stance – from an initial denial to an admission – that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate but denying that the crown prince ordered or even knew about the killing. Like any Hollywood film, the script is being drafted that a Saudi intelligence agent would be blamed for an interrogation gone wrong that ended up killing Khashoggi.

 

On Monday, President Trump disgracefully floated the possibility that Mr. Khashoggi was the victim of “rogue killers.” He said – “The denial was very, very strong. It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?” Trump tweeted that he spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who “totally denied any knowledge of what took place” in Istanbul.

President Donald Trump Meets Saudi Crown Prince

So, the Saudi strongly denies it and Trump happily believes them? Sure, how could the royal family possibly lie about the murder, right? And on Tuesday, in what appeared to be the U.S. leader defending Saudi Arabia, Trump whined and bitched about news media being unfair in their “guilty until proven innocent” reporting.

 

Interestingly, Trump claimed that “I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia”, obviously a pre-emptive statement launched to avoid accusations that he is trying to protect the Saudi royal house for the sake of private interest and sealed military deals amounting to US$350 billion over the next 10 years. However, the president’s denial could backfire spectacularly.

 

Trump’s attempt to distance himself from profiting from Saudi Arabia is undercut by a long record showing deals his companies made with that country’s government and citizens. During a presidential campaign rally in Alabama in August 2015, he declared – “Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them. They buy apartments from me. They spend $40 million, $50 million.”

Trump Meets King Salman - Respect

At another rally that year, Trump said of the Saudis – “I make a lot of money from them. They buy all sorts of my stuff. All kinds of toys from Trump. They pay me millions and hundred of millions.” When he first announced his bid for the White House in Trump Tower in New York in 2015, Trump said – “I love the Saudis.”

 

It appeared Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was sent to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to do the necessary damage control. The U.S. and Turkey are expected to benefit greatly from the Saudi crown prince’s screw-up, if eventually there isn’t any punishment or sanction to be slapped on the House of Saud at all.

 

Still, a bull story of rogue killers responsible for the gruesome butcher of Khashoggi will be hard to believe. Sure, Saudi intelligence officers and Royal Guards accidentally killed a journalist might hold water. But the presence of Dr. Tubaigy needs a more convincing tale. The presence of an autopsy expert suggests that killing was part of the plan from the beginning.

President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

 

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How could it be just an interrogation exercise when the murder team flew in with a forensic doctor armed with a jigsaw knife ?

That’s why these camel urine drinkers are known as Saudi Barbarians.

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