'At least the fate of Jamal Khashoggi is now beyond doubt, even if the terrible details are yet to emerge in full. Saudi Arabia has finally confirmed that the missing journalist was killed inside its Istanbul consulate and alleges, implausibly, that he died in a fist fight that somehow went wrong.
How unfortunate for Mr Khashoggi, a dissident writer and thorn in the side of the regime, that he should pick a quarrel with 15 trained thugs, including bodyguards to the ruling Saudi elite and a forensics expert armed with a bone saw.
In contrast, the gruesome account of his death leaked by the Turkish authorities seems overwhelmingly likely: that the 59-year-old, soon to be married, was lured into the consulate, where he was dismembered alive and decapitated by a ‘tiger team’ flown into the country especially for the purpose.
No doubt in the coming days we will receive further distressing news from the Turks – that, for example, the freshly painted walls in the consulate show traces of Mr Khashoggi’s blood.
A major search of the woodland near Istanbul might very well reveal his body parts. Why else would a Saudi consular vehicle head in that direction, wrenching out and discarding its satellite tracking equipment on the way?
Yet none of this can explain the reckless brutality of a murder which, as John Sawers, the former head of MI6, has said, was clearly ordered from the top by the Crown Prince and de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman.
The diplomatic and reputational consequences have been hugely damaging for the Kingdom.'
Read more: No wonder they call him Little Saddam: Michael Burleigh says Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Bin Salman is an unstable despot whose bloodlust threatens the entire Middle East
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