SAUDI JOURNALIST’S ‘DISAPPEARANCE’- An Imperfect ‘Murder’ or Saudis’ ‘I Dare You’; Taunting Turkey?

The journalist’s fiancée Hatice Cengiz said she had waited outside for 11 hours, but he did not come out.

Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice waits in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 3 October 2018

Jamal’s fiancée fears that he has been kidnapped or killed. The authorities in Istanbul believe he was murdered by Saudi agents and say they have evidence to back this up. Saudi Arabia insists that he left the consulate shortly after he arrived

|CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|According to sources the ‘murder’ of Washington Post Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brazen as it was ‘gory, grizzly and gruesome.’

Was it, is it meant to be a ‘warning shot’ to  Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan? If it is. For What?  And Why?

Turkey’s currency went into a tailspin recently and was no accident: US President Donald Trump announced a doubling of steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey earlier, piling economic pressure on the NATO ally after its currency went into a tail-spin in September.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out against a shadowy international “interest rate lobby” which, he suggested, was “campaigning” to harm Turkey’s economy, after the lira fell more than 14 percent overnight.

Otherwise the whole thing doesn’t make any sense – and makes the killing of the journalist evil and barbaric.

Mike Pompeo with crown prince Salman
Donald Trump sent Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi Crown Prince Salman (Image: AFP)

The 15-men Saudi ‘Hit Squad’ descended on Istanbul, Turkey via two privately hired planes on 2 October 2018 to attend to affairs at the Saudi Consulate. Forensics expert and former diplomat was among ‘Saudi Team.’

On the same day Jamal Khashoggi visited the same Consulate in Istanbul for a scheduled appointment to obtain his divorce certificate.

Before entering the building he gave his Turkish fiancee two mobile phones and told her to call an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if he did not come back out.

She waited for him for 10 hours outside the consulate but never saw him again.

Meanwhile the 15 – men Saudi Squad who had arrived at the Consulate left for Saudi Arabia later that same day.Maps showing the location of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and the Saudi consul's residence

The events leading to and after  the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi suggest a plan; not so much of a careful plan though, for the murder squad didn’t seem keen on hiding their intentions or the aftermath – consequential incriminating evidence.

For the Saudis, though the ‘murder’ was imperfect, it was fat accompli.

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