The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is a complicated case from different angles. It’s a political crime that happened amid very strange circumstances from a country that’s not known for practicing violence against rivals. Khashoggi was not known as a figure who is dangerous to national security as he worked as a government spokesperson and with its media for 30 years. The crime was carried out on a territory that’s “unfriendly” due to the political dispute and regional biasness within the Turkey-Qatar framework against Saudi Arabia.
What’s noticeable is that the Saudi public prosecutor’s story that was built on the interrogations of those accused matched most of the Turkish leaks but not all of them. The final conclusion is that the team had traveled to Istanbul to meet with Khashoggi in the consulate to convince him to return and in case he rejects to do so, he’d be returned by force, i.e. kidnapping him, by first transferring him to a safe house before returning him. Perhaps this explains the large number of the participants, and like all secret security operations it requires a large logistical team.
An example is the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, who is well-known for smuggling arms to the Hamas Movement, as the operation required sending a large team of Israelis who entered Dubai as tourists via different airlines, stayed in distant hotels, took up fake names and used fake passports and anonymous phone numbers. The team which carried out the Khashoggi murder went to Turkey collectively and clearly, and some of them are known by the Turkish security. They entered using their real passports and went to the Saudi consulate which strengthens the story that the main goal was to return him alive, although he was killed after their efforts failed.
We must reject Qatar’s campaign in politicizing the crime for more dangerous purposes as the attempt to destabilize the Saudi Kingdom, as a government and a country, has been a purpose and a systematic approach that preceded the assassination by a long time.Abdulrahman al-Rashed