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Khashoggi murder: US sanctions Saudis, MBS spared

What are the United States doing? The country of Uncle Sam has just punished sixteen Saudi nationals. They are accused of having a connection with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to the US State Department. Saudis will be banned from entering the United States. The crown prince Mohammed Ben Salmane (MBS), however pointed at in this sordid affair, is not concerned.

“The Secretary of State publicly names these individuals for their roles in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi,” the US said in a statement. “The family close to these sixteen Saudi is also prohibited entry.”

Information that surfaced a little after the Washington Post’s revelations about Jamal Khashoggi’s children. They received substantial housing and compensation from Saudi Arabia. The journalist’s children all live outside Saudi Arabia, except for Salah, a banker by profession.

The newspaper even gives details. He mentions a house worth an estimated $ 4 million in western Saudi Arabia and monthly payments of more than $ 10,000 for the four children of Khashoggi. Sums that could become even more significant at the end of the current trial.

Recall that a documentary of Al Jazeera Arabic broadcast Sunday, March 3 announced that the body of the Saudi journalist was burned in a large oven in the residence of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. According to the worker who built the oven, the oven withstood temperatures above 1000 ° C. “Hot enough to melt metal,” he said, adding that this option was demanded by the Saudi consul.

The Turkish authorities, for their part, announced that large quantities of meat were roasted in this oven after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi to cover the cremation of the journalist’s body. They also said that traces of the victim’s blood were found on the walls of the consul’s office after removing the painting applied by the assassination team. “A trick to hide any evidence,” says the documentary.

According to the same source, Turkish intelligence chief Hakan Fidan was the first to contact Saudi officials to find out where Khashoggi was. He even called Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed Ben Salmane, asking him to reveal what happened to the journalist. “The prince, angry, immediately hung up on him,” she added.

Saudi Arabia had finally admitted last October that Jamal Khashoggi had been killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. 11 people were accused of being implicated in the journalist’s murder by the Saudi prosecutor’s office.

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