Tortured Bahraini footballer freed in Thailand

This 11 February 2019 video says about itself:

Thai court orders release of Hakeem al Araibi

Thailand will free by the end of Monday a refugee Bahraini footballer with residency status in Australia who was arrested more than two months ago, a prosecutor in the case said.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Teammate Van’ t Schip’s ‘intense happiness’ about the freeing of Araibi

By Marijke van der Groef

“For three months you’re in stress, as teammates you do not really know how you can help, you worry, so now the relief is very big.”

The words are by Davey van ‘t Schip, teammate of Hakeem al-Araibi, the footballer who has been detained for months in Thailand. That country wanted to extradite him to his native Bahrain. But on Monday morning the news came suddenly that Araibi, who plays at the Australian Pascoe Vale club, would be released without charge.

Davey van 't Schip

“I was eating out with my friends, one of the boys was on Facebook and he saw it, I really got goose bumps, you are intensely happy that your teammate will get his life back”, says Van ‘t Schip.

Although the son of former [Dutch] Ajax player John van ‘t Schip is still not 100% sure yet: “It seems that when he was arrested there already was a ticket booked for him, so I really only will believe it when I will see him here at the airport tomorrow. ”

Refugee player

That airport will be the airport of Melbourne. The place where the now 25-year-old Araibi started a new life after he fled his homeland Bahrain. He had been indicted there in connection with protests against the government during the Arab Spring in 2011 and also has been tortured. The Bahraini international team player fled to Australia and received a residence permit there more than four years ago.

The footballer is indeed under contract with Pascoe Vale FC, but until he was arrested in Thailand, most teammates knew little about his background. Van ‘t Schip too.

“I knew he was an asylum seeker, but we did not really know much he had been tortured or what his background was, I can imagine that he was terrified that he would be sent back to a country that tortured him for political reasons.”

A week became three months

Araibi left for his honeymoon to Thailand in November. He was opposed to stay away for a week, which was almost three months. His name turned out to be on an international search warrant after which he was detained. The football community in Australia came into action and human rights organizations also spoke out.

Last Friday all captains from the highest division clubs in Australia asked for attention for the situation of Araibi. Before the start of the Australian Supercup, they showed football shirts with number 5, Hakeem al Araibi’s number.

Australian team captains' pro-Araibi demonstration

Van ‘t Schip is convinced that all attention has helped. “Without the club, and the people within the club who started an entire campaign and have exerted pressure on Thailand and Bahrain, it would have been different, without the club he would have been in Bahrain.”

For a long time, it looked like the military dictatorship in Thailand might send Araibi to Bahrain, to be tortured by the Bahraini royal dictatorship. While the Australian right-wing government did not really care about this footballer with an Australian residence permit as a recognized refugee. Like Donald Trump, they don’t mind if dictatorships are dictatorships and torturers, as long as they are allies.

Now, however, it turns out pro-human rights activism, even against dictatorships, can work.

Back to football

Araibi will be released on Monday evening according to a Thai spokesman and he will be able to return to Australia. The Australian football competition will start on Thursday. Van ‘t Schip will be happy to see his teammate again.

“I think Thursday is a bit too early for him, but it’s nice that he can build up his whole life again and football is a big part of that.” I assume he will start training again next week.”

Before that, Araibi will get a warm welcome on Australian soil. “The president of the club will send us his flight details so I think there will be some guys at the airport tomorrow”, Van’t Schip concludes, relieved.


Trump’s xenophobic militarism and torture

This 4 February 2019 video from the USA says about itself:

ICE has arrested and is planning to deport rapper 21 Savage. John Iadarola and Brooke Thomas break it down on The Damage Report.

Read more here.

On Sunday, February 3, 26-year-old Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, better known by his stage name 21 Savage, was detained in a “targeted operation” by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for overstaying a temporary visa. Abraham-Joseph, a Grammy-nominated entertainer, now faces imminent deportation to the United Kingdom, where he holds citizenship. The rapper’s detention comes only days after the release of “A Lot,” a single from the album I Am>I Was, in which he directly criticizes the Trump administration’s and ICE’s policy of separating families detained crossing the US-Mexico border, along with other injustices in the US. “Went through some things, but couldn’t imagine my kids stuck at the border/Flint still need water …” he raps: here.

This 1 February 2019 music video from the USA is called 21 Savage – a lot ft. J. Cole.

By Patrick Martin in the USA:

US “border security”: Troops, torture, barbaric prisons

5 February 2019

The Pentagon has confirmed that it is deploying an additional 3,750 troops to the US-Mexico border, continuing the build-up of repressive forces directed against defenseless immigrants and refugees seeking asylum in the United States.

Some of the 3,750 soldiers will replace those being rotated out of the border area, but there will be a sizeable net increase of at least 2,000. The total number of troops, regular and National Guard, will be more than 6,000, the largest force deployed to the southern border since 1917, when General John J. Pershing led a punitive expedition against Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution.

The confirmation of the troop deployment Sunday came only two days before President Trump is to give the State of the Union speech at the US Capitol building, in which a major focus is expected to be border security. Trump forced a partial shutdown of the US government for 35 days in an effort to force Congress to approve $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall.

The White House had to back down January 26, agreeing to a three-week reopening of the government while House and Senate negotiators discussed the budget for the Department of Homeland Security, which includes both Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The House-Senate conference must reach agreement by February 8 to give time for congressional approval of a bipartisan deal by February 15. Otherwise there will be another shutdown, or Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency and use funds appropriated for some other purpose, such as military construction, to build the wall.

In discussions with reporters last week, Trump hinted that he might declare the national emergency in his State of the Union speech. “I don’t want to say it, but you’ll hear the State of the Union, and then you’ll see what happens right after the State of the Union”, he blustered. Whether or not that is the case, he is likely to center the speech on demands for the wall and warnings about crime and drugs supposedly associated with immigrants and refugees.

Congressional Democrats, while opposing a permanent structure or wall, largely on the grounds of its proven ineffectiveness, continue to offer vast sums for the CBP, ICE and other repressive measures against immigrants, under the rubric of “border security.”

This includes the mobilization of troops without any significant Democratic opposition, but also the abusive treatment of tens of thousands of immigrants held in ICE and CBP facilities in the border region, some operated directly by the two agencies, others by contractors, some of them billion-dollar companies that are making vast profits operating what amount to concentration camps.

A report by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general, issued last week, found that ICE detention facilities don’t meet national standards for prisons, despite billions in outlays to build and operate the camps. According to the report, over a 33-month period ending in June 2018, “ICE paid contractors operating the 106 detention facilities subject to this review more than $3 billion … Despite documentation of thousands of deficiencies and instances of serious harm to detainees that occurred at these detention facilities, ICE rarely imposed financial penalties.”

The inspector general’s report examined half of the 211 detention facilities run by ICE directly or indirectly, housing an average of 35,000 detainees every day—the size of a small city. The report found that ICE regularly issue waivers to excuse deficiencies, some of them of grotesque proportions, such as allowing a detention facility to use tear gas against detainees, although the standard limits efforts to “control” detainees to pepper spray, which is much less toxic.

ICE did not dispute the inspector general’s findings, instead issuing a worthless declaration that it is “committed to continually enhancing civil detention operations to promote a safe and secure environment for both detainees and staff.”

More than a dozen immigrants have died in ICE custody since 2015, including two children from Guatemala who died in December, prompting wide publicity and popular revulsion.

Prisoners at ICE facilities have begun to fight back against their brutal treatment in one of the few ways still available to them, a hunger strike, which began at the detention facility in El Paso, Texas, but has since spread to facilities in Miami, Phoenix, San Diego and San Francisco, according to an ICE spokesman.

On Sunday, ICE confirmed to the Associated Press that it was force-feeding nine of the hunger strikers in El Paso, up from six the week before, after obtaining a federal court order authorizing the brutal procedure, condemned as torture by international human rights groups, and banned by the American Medical Association.

Most of those being force-fed, and a majority of the hunger strikers, are Sikhs from the north Indian state of Punjab who have fled persecution by the right-wing Hindu supremacist government of India.

One detainee, identified by the AP only by his last name, Singh, which is very common among Sikhs, described “being dragged from his cell three times a day and strapped to a bed before being force-fed liquid through tubes pushed through his nose.”

“They tie us on the force-feeding bed, and then they put a lot of liquid into the tubes, and the pressure is immense so we end up vomiting it out,” Singh told the AP. “We can’t talk properly, and we can’t breathe properly. The pipe is not an easy process, but they try to push it down our noses and throats.”

Human Rights Watch issued a statement February 1 calling force-feeding “a cruel, inhuman and degrading” practice and pointing out that “medical ethics and human rights norms generally prohibit the force-feeding of detainees who are competent and capable of rational judgment as to the consequences of refusing food.”

All these brutal measures would become much worse—and virtually impervious to legal challenge—if Trump declares a national emergency and orders the military to build his 30-foot wall along the US-Mexico border.

Under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, if Trump declares an emergency, Congress can take action to overturn the declaration under an expedited procedure under which the Senate would be required to vote within 30 days of action by the House of Representatives. However, Trump could veto the resolution and the emergency would remain in effect unless his veto was overridden.

Congressional leaders and civil liberties groups have indicated they plan to challenge an emergency declaration in the courts, but the White House expects that any appeal would be expedited quickly to the US Supreme Court, which has a 5–4 right-wing majority expected to uphold virtually any executive action.

Saudi women’s rights activist tortured

Loujain al-Hathloul was arrested in May 2018 with 10 other women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia

By Tamara Qiblawi, CNN:

Saudi women’s rights activist is being tortured in ‘palace of terror,’ brother says

Updated 1139 GMT (1939 HKT) January 31, 2019

The brother of jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul has detailed in a CNN opinion piece the abuse his sister has allegedly endured in prison.

In the article, Walid Alhathloul writes that during a recent visit by his parents to see Loujain she told them she was regularly whipped, beaten, electrocuted and sexually harassed in a basement she called the “palace of terror.”

Alhathloul was arrested in May 2018, along with 10 other women’s rights activists in Saudi Arabia. Her family, Saudi activists and Human Rights Watch have alleged in recent months that she and other female detainees have been tortured and sexually harassed in prison.

They also allege that a former top adviser of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saud al-Qahtani, was present during at least one of the interrogation sessions.

Qahtani allegedly threatened to rape, kill and throw one of the detainees into the sewage system, according to Human Rights Watch and people familiar with the events.

Qahtani was also implicated in the Istanbul consulate murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

I am not by any means an apologist for the Turkish Erdogan regime which killed many people both in Turkey and in Syria. However, the Turkish government is innocent in the Khashoggi murder case. CNN should have written: ‘in Turkey, by [the government of] Saudi Arabia’.

The former royal court communications chief was removed from his post after Riyadh pinned the blame for the murder on him and a handful of other high-ranking officials.

Attempts to reach Qahtani through the Saudi government were unsuccessful.

“Whenever Loujain spoke about the torture sessions to my parents, her hands shook uncontrollably. I fear the pain will stay with her forever,” Walid Alhathloul wrote in the CNN opinion piece.

“My own baby sister said she is being whipped, beaten, electrocuted and harassed on a frequent basis,” he wrote. “She said that sometimes there are masked men who wake her up in the middle of the night to shout unimaginable threats.”

Walid Alhathloul also said that one of the investigators tried to pressure his sister into marrying him, threatening her with rape.

Saudi authorities did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment on Alhathloul’s allegations.

Alhathloul then made a plea to Mariah Carey, who takes to the stage in King Abdullah Economic City alongside Sean Paul and DJ Tiesto on Thursday night: “Now that I told you the story of my sister, will Mariah Carey call for her release on stage? Will my voice be heard?”

Other activists also urged the American singer to cancel her concert over the allegations of human rights abuse. Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy tweeted: “Dear Mariah Carey, I hear you’re planning on performing in Saudi Arabia. Are you aware that women’s rights activists have been detained without charge since May 2018?”

CNN is attempting to contact Carey’s representatives and will update this story if a response is received.

In addition to Loujain Alhathloul, the detainees include prominent women’s rights activists Aziza al-Yousef, Eman al-Nafjan, Nouf Abdelaziz, Samar Badawi and Hatoon al-Fassi.

Bahraini torture of political prisoners

This December 2018 video is called Naji Fateel, human rights defender, Bahrain.

By Phil Miller in Britain:

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Hunt urged ‘intervene’ to help hunger-striking political prisoners in Bahrain

TWO British parliamentarians have written to Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt demanding his “urgent intervention” to help political prisoners on hunger strike in Bahrain.

Labour MP and Corbyn ally Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Lib Dem peer Lord Scriven are raising the case of Ali AlHajee and Naji Fateel who have been on hunger strike for over 60 days.

Mr Fateel, a director of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, is serving a lengthy jail sentence for his activism. The UN committee against torture has called for his immediate release.

Opposition to Bahrain’s tyrannical King Hamad is routinely met with torture and imprisonment.

Britain is one of Bahrain’s closest allies and has trained hundreds of guards at the Gulf kingdom’s high-security Jau prison where inmates are refusing food.

Last year the Morning Star revealed that political prisoners at Jau are shackled with handcuffs made in Birmingham.

We reported on the case of jailed opposition leader, frail Hassan Mushaima, who was being denied medical treatment unless he wore shackles to the sick bay.

His exiled son Ali launched a hunger strike outside the Bahrain embassy in London, and only resumed eating when the Jau prison authorities finally promised to improve medical care at the jail.

However, that pledge proved to be short lived with other inmates now warning their health is at risk.

The British parliamentarians described conditions at Jau as “inhumane” and said in their letter: “Mr AlHajee and Mr Fateel are constantly being denied basic entitlements while in detention in Jau prison.

“While Mr AlHajee needs surgery to his lower jaw and requires urgent dental implants, Mr Fateel needs surgery to extract iron splints from his leg.”

They warned that another 20 inmates have since gone on hunger strike at the jail, and said Mr Fateel is threatening to dramatically escalate his hunger strike tomorrow and begin refusing fluids.

The prisoners’ complaints are particularly embarrassing for the Tory government which has spent millions of pounds training Bahrain’s jailers, including on their healthcare policies.

“It is highly concerning that Mr AlHajee and Mr Fateel are putting their lives at risk to get their basic entitlements,” the politicians warned Jeremy Hunt.

“Therefore, we urge you to act swiftly on behalf of Mr AlHajee and Mr Fateel by making representations to the Bahraini government to grant both inmates immediate access to medical care and release them.”

Saudi regime tortures women’s rights activists

This 28 February 2017 video says about itself:

‘Owners used us however they wanted’: Indian maids tortured in Saudi Arabia talk to RT

More allegations of the sexual abuse and torture of maids employed in Saudi Arabia have come to light. Two Indian women have now shared their experience of abuse, while held captive by their employers in the country. Both victims have spoken exclusively to RT.

Translated from French daily Le Monde, 21 November 2018:

Whiplashes and electric shocks for imprisoned Saudi feminists

According to reports by Le Monde, nine activists arrested by the Riyadh government in mid-2018 were tortured.

These are the women who by their activism made it possible to lift the ban on women driving cars in Saudi Arabia.

Hundreds of Saudi women flee the conservative kingdom every year and run away to Western countries over allegations of domestic abuse and oppression back home. One popular destination is the UK, where dozens seek asylum every year. Hanan Razek met two people who explain how they risked everything to flee from Saudi Arabia: here.

Journalist Khashoggi murdered and Trump’s CIA boss

This 25 October 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

MBS [Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman] Crimes a Distraction for US Regime Change Plan in Iran – Q&A with Paul Jay (Pt 3/6)

Lindsey Graham, a key spokesman for neocons and the military-industrial-complex, has said it’s time for MBS to go – From a live recording on October 16th, 2018 with Paul Jay and Ben Norton.

Watch full series here.

This 25 October 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Will The US Turn on the Saudi Crown Prince? Q&A (Pt 4/6)

Real News senior editor Paul Jay says the Saudi crown prince is becoming a liability for the Trump administration’s strategy for regime change in Iran – From a live recording on October 16th, 2018.

By Bill Van Auken in the USA:

CIA director briefs Trump on Khashoggi torture tape

26 October 2018

Gina Haspel, the director of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), briefed President Donald Trump Thursday on her trip to Ankara, Turkey, this week in which she met with her counterparts at the Turkish National Intelligence Organization (MIT) and other senior officials to review evidence related to the savage murder of journalist and former Saudi insider Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

According to the pro-government Turkish newspaper Sabah, the evidence presented to Haspel included both audio and video tapes (apparently obtained through the bugging of the consulate by Turkish intelligence) of the torture and murder of Khashoggi and the subsequent dismemberment of his body.

Haspel’s findings appear to have had no immediate effect on US policy toward Saudi Arabia, with the Trump administration thus far responding to the assassination of Khashoggi, a US resident who was employed by the Washington Post as a columnist, with only visa revocations for 21 Saudi citizens, all of them either charged by the Saudi monarchy in connection with the killing or fired from their posts.

The Saudi regime, meanwhile, has once again shifted its account of Khashoggi’s death in its Istanbul consulate, which for 17 days it had denied ever happening. After claiming that he was killed in a “fist fight” with the 15-member death squad dispatched from Riyadh and then suggesting he was killed in a “chokehold” as part of a kidnapping attempt gone wrong, the country’s attorney general issued a statement Thursday acknowledging that the murder was premeditated.

“The public prosecution received information from the Turkish side through the Joint Working Group between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Turkish Republic, indicating that the suspects in Khashoggi’s case premeditated their crime”, Attorney General Shaikh Suood bin Abdullah Al Mo’jab said in a statement posted on the state Saudi news agency’s website.

Whether the latest change in the official Saudi account came in response to Haspel’s trip to Turkey and viewing of the evidence is not clear. The claims of some kind of accidental death, however, had become increasingly untenable under the steady flow of leaks from Turkish authorities exposing grisly details of Khashoggi’s death. Among the latest revelations was that his killers severed his fingers while he was still alive, reportedly to take back to Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as evidence of the mission’s success. Bin Salman had reportedly vowed to cut off the fingers of any Saudi writers criticizing his regime.

It has also become increasingly difficult for the Trump administration to sustain its alibis for bin Salman, whom it had promoted as a “reformer” and the chief ally of US imperialism in the Middle East. Asked by the Wall Street Journal whether the desert kingdom’s de facto ruler was responsible for the killing, Trump replied, “The prince is running things over there more so at this stage. He’s running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him.”

At the same time, he recounted a telephone conversation with bin Salman in which the he said the crown prince had insisted he had nothing to do with planning Khashoggi’s murder and that those responsible were “at lower levels.”

Asked if he believed these denials, Trump responded, “I want to believe them. I really want to believe them.”

The statements follow a week in which the US president initially attempted to lend credence to the Saudi regime’s claims that it knew nothing about the Khashoggi murder, and then that perhaps he was the victim of “rogue killers.” Later, he appeared to be critiquing the Saudi killers for botching the job, saying that it “was carried out poorly and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Riyadh last week to discuss the matter with King Salman and his son Mohammed bin Salman, declared afterward in relation to Khashoggi’s murder, “I don’t want to talk about any of the facts, they didn’t want to either.” While there, he and bin Salman hailed the close alliance between the US and the criminal monarchical dictatorship.

Trump and other US officials have stressed the importance of the Saudi regime’s role as a linchpin in US imperialism’s Middle East strategy and its drive to war with Iran, while insisting that Washington will not halt arms sales to the kingdom, which are a major source of profits for American weapons manufacturers.

Thus far, the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while insisting that Khashoggi was the victim of a “ferocious” premeditated murder and that all “those who ordered the crime and those who committed it” must be brought to justice, has failed to make public the tapes reportedly viewed by Haspel and has not charged bin Salman as the chief conspirator in the assassination.

Ankara clearly sees the Khashoggi assassination as a means of promoting the Turkish regime’s interests in relation to Riyadh and Washington. It has shared tense relations with both the Saudi regime and US imperialism, including over Saudi Arabia’s blockade of Qatar, a key ally of Turkey, and Washington’s utilization of the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia as a proxy ground force. Ankara views the YPG as a branch of the PKK, the Turkish Kurdish separatist movement against which it has waged a bloody counterinsurgency campaign for more than 30 years.

While in political conflict with Saudi Arabia over a range of regional issues, the Turkish government also is not anxious to provoke a complete break with Riyadh, in large part out of concern that it would mean a cutoff of Saudi oil money that has been crucial to countering the country’s severe economic crisis.

There is no doubt that Haspel’s mission to Ankara was not just to review forensic evidence, but to see what price needs to be paid to secure Erdogan’s collaboration in damage control over the Khashoggi murder.

The choice of Haspel for this mission has grim historical resonance. She herself is no stranger to forcible rendition and torture, having presided over a secret CIA “black site” in Thailand where detainees were subjected to waterboarding, prolonged confinement in coffin-like boxes and other forms of torture. She also was deeply involved in the illegal destruction of videotapes made by the CIA of torture sessions, including of those that she had overseen.

The dispatch of Haspel to Ankara to deal with the Khashoggi assassination only underscores the systemic criminality of US imperialism and its principal ally in the Middle East. This brutal murder has become a bargaining chip between regimes in Washington, Riyadh and Ankara that are all engaged in mass killings, assassinations, torture and political repression.

Whether these machinations lead to a CIA-orchestrated palace coup in Riyadh, replacing the “reformer” crown prince with another reactionary member of the royal family, remains to be seen.

How Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Trump Are Coordinating a Plan to Get Away with Murder. The emerging Khashoggi cover-up is hazardous to the health of the United States: here.

Saudi crown prince’s bloody war, gruesome torture of journalist

This video says about itself:

🇸🇦The dark side of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince l Al Jazeera English

17 October 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has been on a quick rise to power and has been touted as a progressive reformer.

But his human rights record casts a dark shadow on his economic and social reforms.

Here are 8 things that have gone wrong since MBS started his ascent to power:

1. War in Yemen
2. Detention of Lebanon’s PM
3. Ritz-Carlton purge
4. GCC crisis and blockade of Qatar
5. Jailed women’s rights activists
6. Diplomatic spat with Canada
7. Rise of executions in the kingdom
8. Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

The number of execution in the kingdom has rapidly increased lately.

According to human rights organisations, MBS has overseen the execution of 16 people on average per month every month.

If this rate continues, 2018 could see 200 executions.

That is the highest number ever recorded in Saudi Arabia in one year.

In October 2018, Saudi journalist and MBS critic Jamal Khashoggi enters a Saudi consulate in Istanbul and never comes out. Pressure is mounting on Saudi Arabia to reveal what happened to Khashoggi. World leaders have demanded a thorough and transparent investigation.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Khashoggi said to have been tortured in the presence of the consul: ‘You are causing me problems’

The Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is said to have been tortured in the presence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi. The Turkish newspaper Yeni Sefak … basing itself on the sound recordings that Khashoggi is said to have made in the consulate with his smart watch.

Press agency Reuters reported earlier today on the basis of Saudi media that Al-Otaibi, who had meanwhile returned to his homeland, had been sacked and that he would be investigated whether he had committed “violations”. An hour later Reuters retracted that message. Meanwhile, Turkish police arrived at the official residence of the Saudi consul to conduct research there.

According to Yeni Sefak, the sound recordings do not only tell how the journalist is killed, but the voice of Al-Otaibi can also be recognized. “Do this outside, you cause me trouble,” he is said to have told the men who were torturing Khashoggi in his office.

One of the men then snarled towards the consul: “Keep your mouth shut if you want to stay alive when you return to Saudi Arabia”.

Horrific details

The American newspaper The Wall Street Journal spoke to a Turkish government source that also has the sound recording. It states that Al-Otaibi was subsequently driven from his office, after which the torturing of Khashoggi continued – including including chopping off his fingers – and he was killed.

The recording is also said to show how the forensic expert the Saudis had sent to Turkey

Oh yeah, ‘Dr’ Salah al-Tubaigy. The murderer Leatherface in the horror movie The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is fortunately a fictional character. Unfortunately, the Istanbul bone saw murderous ghoul Salah al-Tubaigy is real.

put on headphones with music when he started cutting the body into pieces, and he advised the other men to do the same. …

Death squad

Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 when he wanted to arrange papers at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He was a columnist for The Washington Post and wrote critically about the Saudi crown prince.

Earlier, a group of fifteen men had already been identified by Turkey as the ‘death squad’ of the journalist. The men arrived in Turkey shortly before the disappearance of Khashoggi, visited the consulate and left the country immediately after the disappearance of the journalist.

Today it turned out that certainly one of the men of the presumed death squad was traveling on foreign trips of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as a security guard. Three others are also associated with the security of the crown prince. A fifth man is a forensic doctor who works at the Saudi Ministry of the Interior.

On Monday, the Turks searched the consulate, finding “certain evidence” that Khashoggi had been killed.

This 17 October 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

Message from [Senator] Bernie [Sanders]: Stop Supporting the War in Yemen

The recent disappearance and likely assassination of Jamal Khashoggi only underscores how urgent it has become for the United States to redefine our relationship with Saudi Arabia and end our support for the war in Yemen.

TRUMP CRITICIZES SAUDI ACCUSERS Donald Trump has defended Saudi Arabia against mounting global condemnation over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, claiming the kingdom is being unfairly viewed as “guilty until proven innocent.” Trump’s comments came amid new reports that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in a plot organized by a high-ranking officer in Saudi Arabia’s main intelligence service. [HuffPost]

KUSHNER LEADING KHASHOGGI RESPONSE A senior Trump administration official claims that White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is playing a critical role in formulating the White House response to the disappearance of Khashoggi, including direct phone conversations with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the crisis. [HuffPost]

Khashoggi’s last column: here.