The American “Business Insider” website said that Canadian court documents revealed the use of property belonging to the Saudi wealth fund and planes from Wall Street and Hollywood in the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
According to the site, what was revealed by the Canadian court comes at a time when Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who manages the sovereign fund, faces many criticisms because of the US intelligence report.
He condemned the Saudi crown prince and confirmed his agreement to the liquidation of Jamal Khashoggi, but the Biden administration refused to punish the Saudi official.
The property of the sovereign wealth fund to assassinate Khashoggi
And in the spring of 2018, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Hollywood and major American universities rolled the red carpet for about three weeks. In order to welcome Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, to the United States.
During the trip, bin Salman met with Oprah Winfrey, Robert Murdoch, Sergey Brin, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, among others.
While Mohammed bin Salman was at the forefront of those efforts, the huge sovereign wealth fund – the Saudi Public Investment Fund – had assets of $ 400 billion and expected to reach $ 2 trillion. The real reason behind attracting many of the technical, financial and entertainment elites to meet the 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne.
According to the site, after six months, two aircraft belonging to the Saudi sovereign wealth fund transported an assassination squad from Riyadh to Istanbul.
The American website added: “The Saudi opposition team and columnist for the American Washington Post were killed inside the Saudi consulate. Then the two planes flew the assassination squad back to Saudi Arabia.
He continued, “At least one of these two aircraft was operating in the United States until at least October.”
Revealed by Canadian court documents
According to the American website, there was widespread news of the use of the assets of the Public Investment Fund in the murder. Thanks to court documents submitted in Canada as part of an embezzlement lawsuit filed by a group of Saudi government companies against Saad Al-Jabri.
Al-Jabri is a former senior Saudi intelligence official who, after his previous claim, is now living in exile. In his lawsuit before the Washington, DC court. That Mohammed bin Salman tried to send an assassination squad to kill him, shortly after Khashoggi’s assassination.
The Canadian court documents, which were transmitted by CNN of America for the first time, were revealed before they were obtained and reviewed by the American Responsible, Statecraft and Business Insider sites. The ownership of Sky Prime Aviation transferred to the Public Investment Fund on December 22, 2017.
According to the site, two Gulfstream jets, owned by Sky Prime Aviation, have transported Khashoggi’s killers to and from Istanbul less than a year after the company’s ownership was transferred to the Public Investment Fund.
Demands for an international investigation into those assets
The document began, detailing the transfer of ownership of a group of companies – including Sky Prime Aviation – to the Public Investment Fund. The following sentence at the top of the page: “Top secret, not intended for publication, and very urgent”.
The document reads: “According to the directives of His Highness the Crown Prince and Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Public Corruption Cases. That the ownership of all the companies mentioned in the aforementioned letter will be transferred to the ownership of the Public Investment Fund. Please agree immediately to complete the necessary procedures for this. ”
Meanwhile, Kate Keizer, director of policy at Win Without War, said: “Given the pivotal role of the crown prince in terms of broadly controlling assets and the Saudi government. There must be an independent international investigation; To determine the state assets that were used in this heinous murder ”.
The publication of the report of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, last week, which concluded that bin Salman gave the green light to the operation to “capture or kill Khashoggi.” To implement the Magnitsky Act sanctions against the former Saudi intelligence chief and members of the group that participated in the murder.
But the Biden administration chose not to impose sanctions or direct punishment on Mohammed bin Salman, despite the assessment of the report, which revealed that he had approved the process that led to Khashoggi’s death.
“The Biden administration should implement the Global Magnitsky Act sanctions,” said Songev Berry, executive director of the rights group Freedom Forward. A travel ban was imposed on prominent officials of the Public Investment Fund, due to the use of the fund’s planes to transport Khashoggi’s killers between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
He also added that it was ironic that the fund provided air support to Khashoggi’s killers on the one hand, while he was making business deals with Uber and other Silicon Valley companies on the other hand.
Although the role of the Public Investment Fund was not mentioned in the report or the sanctions announced. The role of Mohammed bin Salman as head of the fund. The use of its assets raises questions about the fund’s involvement in the assassination and the knowledge of other fund officials about the kidnapping or killing of Khashoggi.
The Public Investment Fund did not respond to requests for comment about the role of its aircraft in the crime, or its knowledge and involvement in approving or operating flights to Istanbul.
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