By Aaron Miller-
A forensic expert discussed dismembering the body of Jamal Khashoggi, according to a U.N rappoteur. who has heard recordings of a tape depicting discussions that took place in the Istanbul Consul where he was killed.
Agnes Callamard, a human rights expert who is a special rapporteur for the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights made the claim in a 101-page report on her months-long inquiry into the killing. In the audio, Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a close aide to bin Salman, asked Saudi Forensic expert, Maher Mutrub, whether it will “be possible to put the trunk in a bag”.
In the recording, she quotes the conversation going like this:
“Joints will be separated,” Tubaigy told Mutreb. “First time I cut on the ground. If we take plastic bags and cut it into pieces, it will be finished.” Khashoggi’s name was not mentioned, but rather referred to as the “sacrificial animal” by Mutreb
Callamard says there are more people to blame apart from the 11 unnamed Saudis on trial in a closed-door judicial proceeding. Callamard has held the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia responsible, and said Saudi authorities had participated in the destruction of evidence. She said she found no “smoking gun” incriminating the crown prince himself but insisted he had played an essential role in a campaign of repressing dissidents and he almost certainly knew that a criminal mission targeting Khashoggi was being planned.
“Evidence points to the 15-person mission to execute Mr. Khashoggi requiring significant government coordination, resources and finances,” she wrote. “While the Saudi government claims that these resources were put in place by Ahmed Asiri, every expert consulted finds it inconceivable that an operation of this scale could be implemented without the Crown Prince being aware, at a minimum, that some sort of mission of a criminal nature, directed at Mr. Khashoggi, was being launched.”
She noted the “extreme sensitivity” of considering the criminal responsibility of the crown prince, as well as Saud Alqahtani, a senior adviser to the Saudi royal court who has not been charged. “No conclusion is made as to guilt,” she wrote . However, she almost immediately contradicts herself in relation to the issue of guilt when she says:
“There is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including the crown prince’s,” she added.”Indeed, this human rights inquiry has shown that there is sufficient credible evidence regarding the responsibility of the crown prince demanding further investigation.”
Following a six-month investigation, Ms Callamard said it was her conclusion that Mr Khashoggi was “the victim of a deliberate, premeditated execution” and an “extrajudicial killing for which the state of Saudi Arabia is responsible under international human rights law”.
“There is credible evidence, warranting further investigation of high-level Saudi officials’ individual liability, including the crown prince’s,” she added.
“Type it Mr. Jamal,” one of the agents replied. “Hurry up. Help us so that we can help you because at the end we will take you back to Saudi Arabia and if you don’t help us you know what will happen at the end.”
Then, in the recordings, “sounds of a struggle can be heard,” the report said.
Callamard’s long-awaited report significantly amplifies her preliminary findings released in February. She said then that Khashoggi was “the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia.” She said Saudi Arabia had “seriously curtailed and undermined” Turkeys attempts to investigate.
The report also said that Tubaigy “expressed concerns” about what was about to transpire, telling Mutreb: “My direct manager is not aware of what I am doing. There is no one to protect me.”After Khashoggi arrived at the Saudi consulate, he was invited to the consul general’s office and asked whether he would return to Saudi Arabia.
“He responded that he wanted to return in the future,” the report states. The Saudi agents then used the pretext of an Interpol warrant in telling Khashoggi they were there to bring him back to the kingdom. Khashoggi later said there were people waiting for him outside, as one of the agents tried to convince him to send a message to his son. “What should I say?” Khashoggi asked. “See you soon? I can’t say kidnapping.”
“Type it Mr. Jamal,” one of the agents replied. “Hurry up. Help us so that we can help you because at the end we will take you back to Saudi Arabia and if you don’t help us you know what will happen at the end.” The report states “sounds of a struggle could later be heard.” .
Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Istanbul Consulate on October 2018. His body has never been found