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Saudis didn’t use Khashoggi body double footage because it’s ‘flawed’

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Surveillance
footage of Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul and what appears to be a body double wearing Khashoggi’s
clothes around the city.

CCTV/Hurriyet
via AP; CNN


  • The Saudi agents who were allegedly involved in
    Jamal Khashoggi’s death
    reportedly attempted to cover it up

    via the use of a body double.
  • But they ultimately bailed on that plan because of the
    body double’s “flaws.”
  • Part of the problem was the body double reportedly wore
    different shoes than Khashoggi when he entered the consulate.
  • The Saudi government on Friday acknowledged Khashoggi was
    killed in their Istanbul consulate after weeks of denials,
    claiming he died as a result of a fistfight.  
  • The Saudi government further claimed his death was part of a

    “rogue operation”
    gone wrong that agents attempted to cover
    up.

The Saudi agents said to have been involved in
Jamal Khashoggi’s death
reportedly attempted to cover it up

via the use of a body double
, ultimately bailing on their
plan because of the body double’s “flaws.”

Video footage obtained by CNN appears to show one of the agents —
identified by Turkish media as Mustafa al-Madani — wearing
Khashoggi’s clothes, as well as a fake beard and glasses. 

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was often critical of his
government, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul on October 2.

Turkish officials accused of the Saudis of orchestrating his
death soon after. Initially, the Saudis vehemently denied
detaining or harming Khashoggi in any way, claiming without proof
that he’d safely departed the consulate.

Accordingly, the Saudis reportedly planned to use the video
footage of the body double as evidence Khashoggi had walked out
of the consulate unharmed. But they apparently never used
the footage as part of their overall narrative on what happened
to Khashoggi because it was “flawed,” a diplomat familiar with
their discussions
told The Washington Post
.

Part of the problem was the body double reportedly wore different
shoes than Khashoggi when he entered the consulate. 

The reports surrounding the apparent body double present more
problems to the Saudi government in terms of their latest claims
regarding Khashoggi’s fate. 

The Saudis on Friday acknowledged Khashoggi died in the consulate
after nearly three weeks of denials, claiming his death was a
result of a fistfight in the consulate. The Saudi government
further claimed his death was part of a
“rogue operation”
gone wrong that agents attempted to cover
up, and said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no prior
knowledge of the plan. 

The Saudi story contradicted claims from Turkish officials that a
15-man team was sent in to Istanbul to interrogate, torture,
kill, and dismember Khashoggi. Many also suspect the crown prince
of orchestrating the events that led to Khashoggi’s death and are
skeptical of the Saudi government’s efforts to distance him from
the incident. 

The Turkish government said it plans to release all of the
details related to its investigation into Khashoggi’s death on
Tuesday. 

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