Saudis Shocked by Official Flip-Flop on Khashoggi

Saudis Shocked by Official Flip-Flop on Khashoggi, by Vivian Nereim.

The Saudi government admitted early Saturday that Khashoggi was killed on Oct. 2 after “discussions” turned violent in the diplomatic mission where he’d come for documents for his wedding.

Khashoggi died after he was placed in a choke hold, according to a person with knowledge of the Saudi probe. …

The moves were an abrupt reversal from previous professions of innocence. …

While U.S. President Donald Trump welcomed Saturday’s moves as “a good first step,” the admission met widespread skepticism on Capitol Hill and in other capitals. Turkish media have cited unnamed officials as saying they have audio recordings and other evidence Khashoggi was tortured and dismembered by Saudi agents within minutes of arriving at the consulate. …

“I’m furious about what happened,” said a Saudi in his late 30s. “I hate when Saudi officials get carried away and torture people. We heard many stories during the 1980s and thought it was behind us. And now this.”

“I’m so broken right now,” said another Saudi. “I thought the Turks did it,” he added, referring to claims spread by government supporters on social media that Saudi rivals such as Qatar, Turkey or the Muslim Brotherhood were behind his disappearance.

The home of the religion of peace. Are we allowed to point that out?