New claims: this book suggests that Saudi Arabia may have plotted to kidnap or kill Jamal Khashoggi in the UK
British spies feared that Jamal Khashoggi could be killed in the UK, it was claimed.
GCHQ would have intercepted Saudi memos & # 39; s that & # 39; alternative solutions & # 39; to silence the dissident writer who was murdered in Istanbul in October 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
A possible schedule apparently involved an attack in the UK – following the Novichok attack on Sergei Skripal in March 2018 and the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko in London in 2006.
The claims reported by the Daily Express, have appeared in a new book – Murder in Istanbul: Jamal Khashoggi and The Crown Prince – by journalist Owen Wilson.
The author writes: & # 39; The GCHQ interception of the rendition left little to the imagination that the Jamud would be used forcefully by the Saudis.
& # 39; It is clear that the content of the intercepts evokes the fear that London could be labeled as a location for Jamal's kidnapping the way the Russians had used London for their unfinished business with Litvinenko and Skripal. & # 39 ;
According to an intelligence source, MI6 had tried to discourage the Saudis by saying: & # 39; Via channels, we alerted the Saudi intelligence service that this was not a good idea. & # 39;
Murder: Jamal Khashoggi (photo) was killed last year in the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. Riyadh initially denied that he was dead, but later admitted that he had been killed
The proof of the UN expert against the crown prince
In her 99-page report, Callamard explains a number of reasons why the government must support Khashoggi's death:
- The killing happened at a consulate
- The alleged hit group & # 39; acted under cover of their status as an officer & # 39; to perform the operation
- Their meeting with Khashoggi on October 2 was only possible due to the appearance of government service & # 39;
- Two members of the team used diplomatic passports
- Officials from the Saudi security agency arranged their journey
- The Saudi consul general used his powers to remove witnesses from the building
- Public vehicles were used to transfer the body of Khashoggi
- Nine of the alleged team members flew to Turkey with diplomatic permission.
She then explains why there is & # 39; credible evidence & # 39; is that the operation was linked to the prince himself:
- The prince was already known to be behind an & # 39; organized and coordinated action against rulers of the & # 39; was standing.
- Prince Mohammed had an & # 39; essential role & # 39; and the forces of the state could not be used in this way without his consent or resignation.
- Khashoggi was scared & # 39; himself & # 39; for the prince's powers.
- Experts believe it & # 39; unimaginable & # 39; is that an advanced operation such as the Khashoggi murder could have been initiated without Prince Mohammed's knowledge.
- The attempts by the Saudi authorities to destroy evidence could not have taken place without the awareness of the crown prince.
The new revelations come just a week after a UN expert & # 39; credible evidence & # 39; presented that the Saudi crown prince had ordered Mohammed bin Salman Khashoggi's murder.
The UN report by Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard suggested that the journalist, a crown prince critic, had been drugged with a tranquilizer and suffocated with a plastic bag.
A sound recording of the last moments of Khashoggi apparently reveals how his killers discussed that he cut his body to pieces before he accuses Khashoggi who died in the midst of & # 39; sounds of a struggle & # 39 ;.
Callamard, who heard the tape, said there was & # 39; credible evidence & # 39; was that Prince Mohammed was responsible for the murder.
The prince has denied any involvement.
In the 99-page & # 39; s report, Callamard said that experts found the & # 39; unimaginable & # 39; find that a sophisticated 15-man mission to kill Khashoggi could happen without knowledge of Prince Mohammed.
Callamard & # 39; s report said that Khashoggi was met by someone he knew at the Saudi consulate before being taken to the second floor.
There he was arrested by the suspects who acted as if they were carrying out an Interpol order to take him back to Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi protested that there was no case against him and claimed that a driver and his wife were waiting for him outside.
After seeing a towel, he was told that the suspects would treat him with an anesthetic.
There were & # 39; sounds of a struggle & # 39; where the suspects were heard by saying & # 39; keep pushing & # 39; and & # 39; did he sleep? & # 39 ;.
Then there was & # 39; heavy panting & # 39; while Khashoggi & # 39; s body was apparently torn apart.
Earlier this week, Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said she was being chased & # 39; by the thought that the murdered journalist may not be dead because his body was never found.
Suspicion: Saudi Arabia & # 39; s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, pictured yesterday in Jeddah, has denied any involvement in the killing
Last seen: Khashoggi, a critic of Prince Mohammed, was murdered on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He is pictured entering the consulate that day
Khashoggi collected paperwork for the couple's marriage when he died.
& # 39; At first, I thought something bad might have happened to him, but I never really thought about the end of the photo, & she said.
& # 39; Maybe he was arrested in, maybe they interrogated him. I never considered the possibility of a murder. & # 39;
Riyadh's ever-changing declarations of death led to worldwide suspicions that the prince was behind the operation.
Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of what was happening and insisted for weeks that Khashoggi had left the consulate alive.
After finally acknowledging that Khashoggi had died in the building, Saudi officials then claimed that he had accidentally died during a fight.
The bow changed again, the Saudi & # 39; s then admitted that the journalist had been murdered, accused 11 people but denied that the prince had been involved.
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