On October 2, 2018, journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiance. The 59 year old never exited the building.
In the days that followed, Turkish officials said Khashoggi, who wrote columns critical of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in the Washington Post, was killed and dismembered by a team of Saudi intelligence operatives.
Riyadh initially denied knowledge of Khashoggi’s fate but later said he was killed in a «rogue operation».
The murder prompted a global outcry and a United Nations investigation in June said Khashoggi had been a victim of a «deliberate, premeditated execution» for which Saudi Arabia bore responsibility. It also said there was «sufficient» and «credible» evidence linking MBS to the murder.
BBC Reporter Jane Corbin speaks to some of the very few people who’ve listened to covert recordings from inside the diplomatic building, revealing the full details of what happened to Khashoggi, the hit squad sent to kill him and the cover-up that followed.
The programme also hears evidence that responsibility for the murder goes to the highest levels of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And asks whether the West has turned a blind eye to state sanctioned murder so that lucrative trade deals can flourish?