A hit man made seven calls to the private office of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia on the day that Jamal Khashoggi was killed, it was said last night.
Turkish intelligence agencies intercepted 14 telephone calls from Major General Maher Abdulaziz Mutrib, a former diplomat who was once sent to Britain.
Seven of them were in the office of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose content would be "explosive" if it leaked, a source said.
Mutrib, who was photographed outside Downing Street in March during the state visit of the Crown Prince, was described as the "spinal cord" of a Saudi death squad.
Major General Maher Abdulaziz Mutrib, photographed off Downing Street in March during the Crown Prince's state visit, was described as the "spinal cord" of a Saudi death squad.
Left – disguise: Madani, in a circle, also wore a fake beard. Right – Work finished: the Saudi then put on his own clothes again.
It comes when US President Donald Trump (right) said he was not "satisfied" with Riyadh's explanation of the death of the Washington Post contributor in a case that has tarnished the image of the powerful crown prince of the Saudi crown (left)
The accusations are further evidence that points to the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia.
It comes after a senior Saudi minister admitted for the first time that journalist Mr. Khashoggi, 59, was killed at his country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
He blamed a & # 39; dishonest operation & # 39; for the murder, which provoked an international protest and plunged the kingdom into a diplomatic crisis.
A source told the Middle East Eye online news service that members of the successful squad sent Khashoggi's fingers to Riyadh to demonstrate the success of the mission and were introduced to the Crown Prince.
"MBS always said that it will cut off the fingers of every writer who criticizes it," the source said.
According to the Yeni Safak newspaper, Mutrib spoke with Badr al-Asaker, head of the Crown Prince's private office, four times after Khashoggi was killed.
Last night, a Saudi and a Turkish intelligence source told Reuters that a Saudi royal adviser fired for the murder directed the killing by giving orders on Skype.
Saud Al-Qahtani, who ran the social networks for the crown prince, allegedly insulted the journalist after he was captured at the consulate before telling a successful squad "bring me the dog's head."
He was fired from his post on Saturday and was named president of the Saudi Federation of Cybersecurity, Programming and Drones, a role he had previously played.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will reveal what he described as the "naked truth" behind the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi (pictured) at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul
Erdogan (pictured) is expected to make an announcement today, since Ankara has already said that the journalist's murder on October 2 was "wildly planned".
This morning, the Saudi Foreign Minister said the investigation into the murder will produce the truth about what happened. Adel al-Jubeir also promised that mechanisms will be established so that "something like this can not happen again."
Today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to reveal what he described as the "naked truth" behind the murder.
Erdogan is expected to make an announcement with Ankara that the journalist's murder was "planned savagely."
A harsh critic of Saudi Arabia's crown, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Khashoggi, disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to compile a document for his next marriage.
Saudi Arabia acknowledged that he died on October 2, during the visit of the consulate, but maintains that he died in a fistfight.
Revealed: the killers of Tiger Squad
It is said that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has a death squad charged with covertly killing dissidents within the kingdom and in foreign territory.
The Firqat el-Nemr, or Tiger Squad, is made up of 50 of the best qualified military and intelligence agents in the country who are loyal to their leader.
It is overseen by Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of the Gulf state, the Middle East Eye reported.
It is said that he chose five of his most trusted personal security team to serve on the team. They are said to be among the 15 men sent to kill Mr. Khashoggi, including Maher Abdulaziz Mutrib, Mohammed al-Zahrani and Dhaar al-Harbi.
A source said: & # 39; They [the Saudi leadership] I believe that arresting the critics will increase the pressure on them, that's why they began to assassinate them in silence.
He was named Tiger Squad in honor of Major General Ahmed al-Assiri, deputy head of Saudi intelligence, who was fired by Riyadh last week for the death of Mr. Khashoggi. The source added: & # 39; Assiri is well known among his colleagues as the South Tiger & # 39;
It is believed that Assiri and Saoud al-Qahtani, one of the Crown Prince's closest aides, who was also fired last week, are part of the command structure. Mutrib is described as the spinal cord of the Tiger Squad & # 39;
Mr. Khashoggi's fingers were allegedly taken to demonstrate the success of the mission and were presented to the Crown Prince. "MBS always said that it will cut off the fingers of every writer who criticizes it," the source said.
This morning, the Saudi Foreign Minister said the investigation into the murder will produce the truth about what happened.
Adel al-Jubeir also promised that mechanisms will be established so that "something like this can not happen again."
He spoke on Tuesday in Indonesia, hours before the president of Turkey was expected to detail the findings of his own country.
"I express the commitment (of the government) … to ensure that the investigation is thorough and complete, and that the truth is revealed and that those responsible are held accountable," he told reporters after meeting with his Indonesian counterpart at Jakarta.
"And that mechanism and procedures are implemented to ensure that something like this can not happen again."
On Sunday, he told Fox News that the journalist was killed, blaming a "dishonest operation."
He said the act had been a "tremendous mistake" and denied that the Crown Prince ordered the murder of Khashoggi, a high profile critic of the leader.
Mr. al-Jubeir said: "We are determined to discover all the facts and we are determined to punish those responsible for this murder." He said officials did not know where the body was.
He added: "Even the top leadership of our intelligence service was not aware of this."
It is said that Mr. Khashoggi's body was rolled up in a carpet and taken off in a consular vehicle.
In a new development yesterday, the police discovered an abandoned vehicle that they believed belonged to the Saudi consulate. It was located in a private parking lot about ten miles away.
A spokesman for the governing party of Turkey, AK, said yesterday that the killing was "monstrously planned."
Last night, a Turkish television channel claimed that Saudi officials burned evidence in the consulate garden the day after Khashoggi's death.
Government channel A Haber published images of three men in suits who placed papers in a burning mental barrel and claimed they were destroying documents related to the journalist's death.
A car belonging to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul was found in the Sultangazi district of the city today. The station NTV and other local media said that the police would register the vehicle
A car belonging to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul was found in the Sultangazi district of the city today. In the photo is the man who thinks he has left the car.
This image seems to show the man pulling the diplomatic car in the underground parking lot.
A Turkish television channel claimed that Saudi officials burned evidence in the consulate garden the day after Khashoggi's death.
Smoke was seen coming out of the backyard of the embassy, one day after the journalist disappeared
You can listen to the TV host by saying: This is an archaic way to destroy documents. They do not even use a document shredder. It is likely that they would like to completely destroy all the evidence related to Khashoggi. "
Twitter users speculated that the video was taken by a Turkish spy plane. The Turkish government has not commented on the images.
It happens that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, said he was not "satisfied" with Riyadh's explanation of the death of the Washington Post collaborator in a case that has tarnished the image of the powerful crown prince of the Saudi crown.
Trump, who had said he found Riyadh's initial explanations credible, told reporters at the White House on Monday: "I'm not satisfied with what I've heard" since then, and hoped to know more "very soon."
Meanwhile, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Crown Prince behind closed doors in Riyadh to talk, while CIA director Gina Haspel headed to Turkey, though the details of her trip They were not clear.
The White House counselor and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, said he had urged Prince Mohammed to be "totally transparent" and that "the world is watching."
The case has highlighted the Crown Prince, who was credited with leading a reform campaign, but is now accused of ordering Khashoggi's murder, a claim Riyadh denies.
And as more details leaked about the murder, CNN broadcast footage showing a Saudi official playing Khashoggi with a double body, wearing the journalist's clothes and leaving the consulate.
Omer Celik, spokesman for Erdogan's ruling party, said the killing "was planned in an extremely savage manner," and that "there has been a great effort to whitewash this."
A harsh critic of Saudi Arabia's crown, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Khashoggi, disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate (pictured) in Istanbul on October 2 to compile a document for his next marriage
CCTV images have surfaced showing a Saudi intelligence officer dressed in a fake beard and the clothes and glasses of Jamal Khashogui (left) on the day the journalist disappeared.
Khashoggi spoke with the brother of the crown prince months before the murder.
Khashoggi met with the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Prince Khalid bin Salman (pictured below) at the Washington embassy in the kingdom in late 2017 or early 2018, a friend told NBC News on Monday. at night.
The journalist was in the building for routine matters, but was called to the ambassador's office after the staff recognized him.
The friend asked if Khalid, 30, was threatening the meeting and Khashoggi apparently replied: "No, we just had a good conversation and he was very kind".
Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan, wrote in the Yeni Safak newspaper that Riyadh's version of events "feels like our intelligence is being mocked."
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Monday the murder of "monstrosity" and promised to stop all German arms exports to Riyadh until the case is resolved.
Merkel, in her toughest comments to date, denounced what she called "the monstrosity there at the Saudi consulate in Turkey" during a campaign rally in the town of Ortenberg before a regional election in the state of Hesse on Sunday.
It should be clarified. Until it is resolved, there will be no arms exports to Saudi Arabia. "I assure you very strongly," said Merkel.
Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson said that Mr. Khashoggi, who moved to Washington a year ago out of fear of reprisals for his views, had been tricked into going to Istanbul.
It was learned that Mr. Khashoggi had requested a document in the United States capital certifying that he had divorced because he wanted to marry his Turkish girlfriend, Hatice Cengiz.
But in a "transparent trick," the Washington Post columnist, who was born in Saudi Arabia, was told he had to travel to Istanbul to obtain it, Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, (pictured) said she had given him her two cell phones and left him instructions to wait for him and to call an assistant to the president of Turkey if he did not reappear.
The website of the summit & # 39; Davos in the desert & # 39; of Saudi Arabia was hacked on Monday to show Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman apparently beheaded Jamal Khashoggi.
More than two weeks after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered their condolences to his family. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched this official image to announce the news.
Prince Mohammed has denied his involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, who was a fierce critic of his policies.
Did the Saudi team take part of Khashoggi's body with them?
Turkish officials fear that part of the body of Jamal Khashoggi has been transported out of the country by one of the bodyguards of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been reported.
Middle East Eye says that, according to sources, a member of the team of 15 Saudis who flew to Turkey on the day of the disappearance of the journalist could have removed the body part in a bag.
The intelligence officer, named as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, was seen boarding a private plane in Istanbul on October 2 at 6:20 pm and "seemed in a hurry," according to the source.
The unverified claims come amid reports that Khashoggi was cut into pieces after entering Saudi Arabia's embassy in the city on the same day.
Mutreb was a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage on trips to the United States, France and Spain this year.
On another day of great drama yesterday, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned that members of the Saudi regime could face sanctions for the murder.
In condemning the "appalling brutality," he said the measures could include, ultimately, the freezing of assets and travel bans, which could point to the Crown Prince himself.
Mr. Hunt told the House of Commons: "When we have full responsibility for the crimes committed, which the Saudis have described as murder, that responsibility should be extended to the people who gave the order to commit the crimes, not just those who They were there on the ground & # 39;
Earlier, former foreign secretary Jack Straw said that the murder could only have been authorized at the highest level & # 39;
Meanwhile, today opens the opening of the so-called investment conference & # 39; Davos in the desert & # 39; in Riyadh, which many officials have boycotted.
But in a new shame for the organizers, the hackers pointed to a website that promoted the event and published a model photo showing Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman standing on Mr. Khashoggi with a bloody scimitar sword.
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