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Saudi refuses to confirm Qahtani's whereabouts

2019/01/08, 12:20


Saudi refuses to confirm Qahtani's whereabouts

Truth NGO - After seven weeks of investigation, the former top aide to Saudi Crown Prince is still missing, Washington Post reports. Saudi authorities are refusing to confirm the whereabouts of Saud al-Qahtani, the former top aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), according to the Washington Post.

Qahtani was fired in October, just days after the gruesome murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came to light.

In November, the Kingdom confirmed that he was under investigation and banned from leaving the country. Since then there has been no official statement in the case, the Washington Post reported.

Saudi prosecutors allege that Qahtani played a major role in Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 last year. He was among 17 Saudis sanctioned by the US government over the murder.

Saudi officials say Prince Mohammed was not aware of the plot to kill Khashoggi, the Washington Post reported.

The US and western countries are watching the Saudi government's treatment of Qahtani as a measure of its seriousness in bringing to justice Khashoggi's killers, the paper reported.

A number of questions remain to be answered about Qahtani's involvement, including his role in planning the killing or whether he was framed.

Khalil Jahshan, executive director of the Arab Centre of Washington, told Al Jazeera that Qahtani's disappearance is a "natural progression of [Saudi Arabia's] investigation" and is likely used as a strategy to keep MBS protected from accusations regarding Khashoggi's murder.
"They have sheltered some of the key players accused of being involved [in the murder] whether by Turkey or by the international community," Jahshan said.

"The intention of the Saudi campaign right now is to keep the crown prince clear of any accusations with regards to the murder of Khashoggi."

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Saudi arabia، Jamal Khashoggi، Saud Alqahtani، Mohammed bin Salman،Human Rights،Saudi Arabia

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