Saudi journalist Khashoggi, Yemenis killed and the crown prince

This 2018 Massachusetts Peace Action video from the USA says about itself:

The Man MIT [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] is Hosting is Causing the Worst Humanitarian Crisis on Earth

Yemeni-born graduate student Shireen Al-Adeimi spoke about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a protest we organized at MIT’s main entrance on March 23.

Translated from Dutch daily Trouw, 16 November 2018:

Saudi Crown Prince sacrifices his confidants

All the tricks and maneuvers of the Saudi government to divert attention from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi have failed. The Saudi authorities are now grasping for heavier ways. Prosecutors now demand the death penalty for five members of the death squad who were part of the fifteen-membered murder gang. In addition, five government officials were dismissed; also, a travel ban was imposed on them.

It seems like another attempt by Riyadh to shield the presumed main culprit: crown prince Mohamed bin Salman (MbS). The public prosecutor Shalaan al-Shalaan said that MbS knew nothing about the murder operation. According to the prosecutor, Khashoggi was killed by the injection of a deadly substance, after which he was cut into pieces. His body is said to have been transferred to a ‘local employee’.

Whether or not the cover-up will remain will depend on Turkey. That country has a lot of information about the murder and constantly leaks sensitive details about the involvement of the crown prince. …

New information

If Turkey will come again with new information after the execution of the murderers, showing the involvement of the crown prince, there will not many be people left on whom he will be able to blame it. On the other hand, when the five suspects are executed, five people less will be able to testify against him. The travel ban imposed on various officials may also be intended to prevent them from seeking protection abroad and to disclose sensitive information about the murder. …

The United States announced yesterday that the assets of a number of Saudi murder suspects will be frozen. With that, the US government seems to be satisfied with the Saudi version, because the sanctions do not affect sitting government officials. The Americans especially want to look to the future

In yet another attempt to protect the Saudi Arabian monarchical dictatorship, the Trump administration levied sanctions on Thursday against 17 Saudi officials allegedly involved in the gruesome killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The sanctions were unveiled just hours after the kingdom’s public prosecutor said he would seek the death penalty for five people who have been charged in the case. Both the timing of the US Treasury’s sanctions announcement and the narrowly targeted character of the measures point to the White House seeking to shore up the latest Saudi version of the events, which explicitly denies that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder inside the country’s consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul on October 2: here.

TRUMP MULLS HANDING OVER GULEN The Trump administration asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen from U.S. — an attempt to persuade Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. [NBC]

At least 85,000 child deaths in Yemen highlight Saudi-US war crimes: here.

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