The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

DW (2020)

Film Review

This documentary is based on the Turkish intelligence investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance and apparent murder. It was subsequently authenticated by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Khashoggi*, a dissident journalist, left Saudi Arabia for the US (where he worked for the Washington Post) in September 2017 after running afoul of Saudi authorities for criticizing their human rights violations.

He disappeared on October 2, 2018 after entering the Saudi consulate in Ankara Turkey. He was collecting divorce papers needed to fulfill Turkish legal requirements prior to remarrying. Although his  fiancee Hatice Cengiz waited for him outside the consulate, but he never reappeared. Khashoggi and Cengiz, a Turkish divorcee** and PhD student, first met at an academic conference in May 2018.

On October 8, Turkish authorities began leaking intelligence to the international media that Khashoggi had been killed and dismembered during his visit to the Saudi consulate. This intelligence included surveillance footage on a 15-member Saudi security team. It shows the team arriving in Ankara on October 2, buying 20 large suitcases, visiting the consulate and leaving by plane ten hours later. It also shows two vehicles leaving the consulate a few hours after Khashoggi’s visit, traveling to the Consul’s residence and from there to a car wash. Most importantly it included a surveillance audiotape from the consulate consistent with Khashoggi being injected with a sedative, suffocated with a plastic bag and dismembered with a bone saw.

fter reviewing this evidence, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights concluded in June 2019 that Khashoggi was the victim of a deliberate premeditated extrajudicial assassination. He called for Saudi Arabia to extradite the 15-member security team to Turkey to be tried for Khashoggi’s murder.


*Jamal Khashoggi was the nephew of the prominent arms Saudi arms dealer, Adnan Khashoggi, known for his role in the Iran–Contra scandal. Jamal was also the cousin of the late Dodi Fayed, the lover killed with Princess Diana in the August 1997 Paris car crash.  Jamal Khashoggi Saudi Arabia Journalist Connect Princess Diana Dodi Fayed

**Cengiz has one son by a prior marriage to Turkish movie star Deniz Oral (see Deniz Oral Biography) and Khashoggi three previous marriages and four children (see Hatice Cengiz Biography)

2 thoughts on “The Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

  1. That King Salman is the one responsible for this savage attack but they completely dismiss
    going after him. Politics is bigger than justice. Don’t want to upset the apple cart so look the
    other way.

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