Khashoggi, a Saudi-born US resident who wrote for the Washington Post, was an outspoken critic of the Saudi management, with which he had as soon as been shut. He was murdered on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a crew of brokers despatched from Saudi Arabia.
Four of these operatives, the New York Times stated, had obtained coaching from a non-public American safety group, Tier 1 Group, a transfer first licensed by the administration of former president Barack Obama in 2014.
That coaching continued a minimum of till the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, the newspaper stated.
It cited a doc supplied to the Trump administration by a high official from the mother or father firm of Tier 1 Group, the non-public fairness agency Cerberus Capital Management, who had utilized for a senior submit on the Pentagon.
In his written testimony, Louis Bremer confirmed that Tier 1 Group did present coaching to the Saudi brokers, however insisted that the coaching was “protecting in nature” and “unrelated to their subsequent heinous acts.”
Bremer stated that the 4 members of the kill crew obtained the coaching in 2017, and that two of them had already participated in a earlier course from October 2014 to January 2015.
The US State Department, contacted by AFP, stated it couldn’t touch upon this data however known as for the “accountable use…of American navy tools and coaching”.
According to a US report launched in February, seven members of an elite unit tasked with defending Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were half of the hit squad that killed Khashoggi.
The New York Times didn’t specify whether or not the 4 operatives trained in the United States belonged to this unit.
The physique of the dissident journalist, dismembered on the spot, has by no means been discovered. After denying the assassination, Riyadh claimed the homicide had been carried by Saudi brokers who acted alone.
After an opaque trial in Saudi Arabia, 5 Saudis were sentenced to demise and three sentenced to jail phrases. The demise sentences have since been commuted.