Khashoggi case: French historian Adler poses questions about Turkey, Qatar

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Writing in the French newspaper ‘Le Figaro’, French author and historian Alexandre Adler criticized the developments in the Jamal Khashoggi case.

The French writer began his article by stating: “There is a Latin saying that reads ‘Audiatur et alterapars’ which means that ‘you have to always listen to the opposing party’, yet this was not applied in the case of Khashoggi’s killing.

He continued: “First and foremost, there is the problem of the ‘one witness is not a useful one’. All the detailed information revealed about Khashoggi’s murder within the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul came from a single source - the Turkish intelligence service.

“We are talking here about a security service that has been purged three times in the recent past and is fully subjected to the instructions of its commander Hakan Fidan. The latter was among those who organized the fake coup which led in just one day to the arrest of hundreds.”

The French journalist added: “It is evident that the credibility of the Turkish authorities’ immediate testimonies, and their deployment is an elaborate device that operates outside and within the Saudi consulate.”

In contrast, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chose not to further delay and recognize the responsibility of the Saudi state in the killing of Khashoggi and to publicly apologize to one of the victim’s brothers.

He proceeded: ”It remains for us to see whether the Crown Prince, who is presented by some media without any evidence as the mastermind behind the killing, although it is irrational to order a crime to be committed by the State that would permanently harm the image of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, especially at a time when the fruits of the Kingdom’s strategy to isolate Qatar without violence are ripe for the taking, including the beginning of Doha's retreat about terrorist organizations.”

The French writer recalls the scenario of Khashoggi’s case, skeptically stating: “An improvisational style leading to the point of committing murder, without even thinking of the horrific question about getting rid of the body - all of it under Turkish Camera surveillance - and of course, the dramatic scenario of dismembering the victim’s body.”

As we know, Istanbul is a very busy and bustling city which makes it a potential place to commit and conceal a murder either by poisoning or a hit-and-run, away from the consulate, which leads to suspicions.

"Everything here points to a plot. We can even feel that that the real killing’s perpetrators have searched for all the fake assassination methods in the Islamic world to find the precedent in the 1966 case of the unfortunate Ibn Baraka.”

All the movements of Khashoggi in Istanbul were known to Saudi Arabia as well as to those who had every reason to seek revenge from Mohammed bin Salman like in an Agatha Christie novel.

"We are not talking here about the leaders of Qatar, who have started to seriously negotiate about a useful truce with Saudi Arabia.”

Alexandre Adler added: “Everything happened as if Istanbul knew at least that something was going to happen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.”

It is not necessary to assume that the Turks knew more about the motivations that led them to an intense vigilance in the three previous days.

Adler questioned: “Does Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, which gained further strength in Turkey, along with its power broker, the Egyptian billionaire Khairat al-Shater, have the best interest in wiping out the failures that have been plaguing them in recent weeks?”

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