The American newspaper New York Times (NYT) claimed that four members of the team that killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October 2018 were trained in the United States the year before. The newspaper claimed that the militia training contract given to four people had been approved by the US State Department.
The Tier 1 group, owned by private equity fund Cerberus Capital Management, provided the training, according to the NYT.
The newspaper reported that the training was for defensive purposes and for the protection of the Saudi leadership.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price, meanwhile, said in his news statement that the department cannot comment on such information and allegations published in the media, as required by US law. .
Ned Price said US policy towards Saudi Arabia “will be based on the rule of law and respect for human rights as a priority.”
Saudi Arabia and Cerberus Capital Management did not comment on the news.
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KILLED IN ISTANBUL
Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi has written numerous articles criticizing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Arabian Consulate General in Istanbul.
In the US intelligence report published in February, it was stated that Mohammed bin Salman had approved an operation to capture or kill Khashoggi.
Cerberus chief executive Louis Bremer admitted in a written response to questions from members of the US Congress last year that his company had trained Saudis in the United States.
However, the question remained unclear as the Trump administration did not send a written response to Congress.
THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE REPORT BY PRINCE SELMAN
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, for the marriage process, and was unable to leave. The Saudi government initially denied Khashoggi’s disappearance from the consulate building, but later admitted it in the face of heightened international backlash, arguing it was a “stray operation” that took place without the knowledge of senior management.
In the report released by the UN in June 2019, “Khashoggi’s murder is an extrajudicial execution for which the Saudi state is responsible.” assessment had been made.
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In the report by the United States National Intelligence Directorate published in February 2021, “we came to the conclusion that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the operation to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, Turkey ”. statement has been included.