The men who assassinated dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi flew in private jets owned by a company recently seized by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, CNN reported, citing documents seen by the network.
The documents were reportedly labeled “Top Secret” and filed in connection with a Canadian civil lawsuit. In documents seen by CNN, a Saudi minister relayed an order from the crown prince to “immediately approve the completion of the procedures necessary to” transfer ownership of the company, Sky Prime Aviation.
The document outlined a procedure by which ownership of the company was to be transferred to the country’s sovereign wealth fund in 2017, chaired by the crown prince. The killers then used the planes to kill Khashoggi in October 2018, according to CNN.
Khashoggi died in Istanbul, Tukey, in 2018 after he was ambushed at the Saudi consulate and dismembered.
Mohammed bin Salman “would have been tracking [the company] and he would have been aware of how it was used, “Dan Hoffman, former director of the CIA’s Middle East Division, told the network.” And it’s more potential evidence that he was aware of this. What has always been the dispute. This is just one more proof of that. “
“Any evidence that basically links [Mohammed bin Salman] and others, especially online, which we think is extremely important, ”Faisal Gill, who represents Khashoggi’s ex-fiancée in a federal lawsuit against the crown prince and several co-defendants, told CNN.
Numerous intelligence agencies, including the CIA, have concluded that the crown prince ordered the murder of The Washington Post journalist.
Bin Salman has continued to deny giving the order, but has said he was “responsible” for Khashoggi’s death. The Biden administration is set to declassify a report on the murder in the near future, possibly as soon as this week.
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The Hill has reached out to the Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington for comment.