Saudi named in Khashoggi case is new UAE En­voy

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES GLOBAL -

Atop aide who re­port­edly heard Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man threaten to use “a bul­let” on Ja­mal Khashoggi was sworn in on Sun­day as the king­dom’s new am­bas­sador to the United Arab Emi­rates.

Turki Al­dakhil, a former gen­eral man­ager of Al Ara­biya tele­vi­sion, was sworn in by King Sal­man along with other new am­bas­sadors, state-run SPA news agency re­ported.

A year be­fore Khashoggi was mur­dered Oc­to­ber 2 in the Saudi con­sulate in Istanbul, Prince Mo­hammed told Al­dakhil that he’d use that bul­let if Khashoggi didn’t re­turn to the king­dom and stop crit­i­cis­ing the gov­ern­ment from his perch in the US, the New York Times re­ported on Thurs­day.

The Times, cit­ing uniden­ti­fied cur­rent and former US in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials, said the 2017 con­ver­sa­tion was in­ter­cepted by US spy agen­cies. Al­dakhil de­nied the al­le­ga­tion in a state­ment to the news­pa­per.

Khashoggi, an in­sid­er­turned-critic of the Saudi rul­ing regime, was killed and dis­mem­bered by peo­ple close to crown prince af­ter en­ter­ing to pick up doc­u­ments for his wed­ding. Saudi Ara­bia has said the crown prince, who is the king­dom’s 33-year-old de facto ruler, was not aware of any plan to kill him.

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