CNN has received exclusive law enforcement, part of the Turkish Government's investigation, which appears to show the man who leaves…
CNN has received exclusive law enforcement, part of the Turkish Government’s investigation, which appears to show the man who leaves the consulate at the back door, wearing Khashoggi clothes, a fake beard and glasses.
The same man was seen in Khashoggi clothing, according to the Turkish case, at the city’s famous Blue Mosque just hours after the journalist was last seen alive in the consulate on October 2.
The man in the video, identified by the official as Mustafa al-Madani, was allegedly part of what the investigator has said was a hit group sent to kill the journalist at the Saudi consulate under a planned newspaper to get paper for his upcoming wedding .
Saudi Arabia has presented a shifting story about what happened to Khashoggi After weeks of denying involvement in Khashoggi disappearance, Saudi Arabia said he was killed in the Istanbul consulate and said his death was the result of a “fistfight”. A Saudi source near the royal castle later told CNN that the Washington Post journalist died in a choke team. On Sunday, Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir went on to describe Khashoggi’s death to Fox News as a “murder” and a “huge mistake”. He also said that they “do not know where the body is”.
“We are determined to disclose every stone. We are determined to find out all the facts. And we are determined to punish those responsible for this murder,” he said in the interview.
In the obvious cover that followed Khashoggi’s death, Madani, 57, of similar height, was aged and built to Khashoggi, 59, used as a departure for the journalist, according to the Turkish official.
A senior Turkish official told CNN that the video showed that Madani was taken to Istanbul to act as a body double.
“You do not need a body duplication for a transfer or interrogation,” said the official. “Our assessment has not changed since October 6th. This was a committed murder and the body was moved out of the consulate.”
A Saudi source would not confirm or deny that Madani was sent to act as a body double, although he stressed that the killing of Khashoggi was not intentional.
Madani, a decade older than the other 15 men, left the consulate’s building at the back door together with an alleged accomplice. Madani wore what the video seems to be like Khashoggi’s dark blazer, gray shirt opened at the collar and pants.
Four hours earlier Madani had entered the consulate at the front door, along with an alleged burglary. Saudi forensic chief Salah al-Tubaiqi, another important suspect identified by face recognition analysis along with CNN’s timeline for events that day, was also present. The video appears to show Madani without beard, wearing a blue and white controlled shirt and dark blue trousers. When leaving the consulate dressed as Khashoggi, the video seems to show him wearing the same dark pair of white-collar sneakers that he first arrived before the journalist’s death.
“Khashoggi clothes were probably still hot when Madani put them on,” said the Turkish official to CNN.
The journalist’s fiancé Hatice Cengiz, who waited outside the consulate’s front entrance and woke up the alarm when he did not return, was told by a consular officer whom he may have expired. The building through the back door, Khashogi friend Turan Kislakci, told CNN.
This surveillance film is another evidence in the mysterious case of what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the consulate almost three weeks ago. It forms part of the Turkish official’s wider investigation into the events of that day and the continuing hearing and the international issue of Saudi Arabia’s version of how the journalist died.
The Turkish officials have leaked a steady drop of details from the investigation to journalists, but they have not yet released an important sound recording, which sources say from inside the Saudi consulate. Turkey has not publicly acknowledged the existence of the sound.
Below is Madani and his accomplices movements and actions, according to the video obtained by CNN and a leading Turkish official, on the day of Khashoggi was killed: