Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist, criticized Saudi Arabia and the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He was allegedly killed and dismembered on 2 October 2018 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by men with close ties to the highest levels of the Saudi government and bin Salman.
Although the CIA concluded that the Crown Prince personally ordered Khashoggi’s murder, US President Donald Trump it has not taken strong action against Saudi Arabia, a key ally of the United States, or its crown prince, despite internal and international pressure.
Date of birth: October 13, 1958
Death date: 2 October 2018
Birth place: Medina, Saudi Arabia
Birth name: Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi
Marriage: Rawia al Tunis; at least one other previous marriage
Children: with Tunis: Salah, Abdullah, Noha, Razan Jamal
Education: Indiana State University BA in Business Administration, 1983
Khashoggi is pronounced kha-SHOOG-jee (with a soft J) or kha-SHOOK-jee (both are correct).
His cousin was Dodi Fayed, the Egyptian film producer and boyfriend of Princess Diana. Fayed and Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997.
Khashoggi’s uncle was billionaire arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, who played a role in the Iran-Contra scandal.
1999-2003 – Deputy Chief Editor of Arab News.
2003 – Editor of the Al Watan newspaper for two months, but was fired after publishing criticisms of the conservative Wahhabi religious establishment in Saudi Arabia.
2003-2007 – He serves as a media advisor to Prince Turki al Faisal, the Saudi ambassador to the UK and later to the US.
June 2010 – Appointed by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal to lead a new 24-hour news channel, Al-Arab.
1 February 2015 – Al-Arab departs from Manama, Bahrain. The government orders its closure after less than 11 hours on the air, following an interview with an opposition leader.
End 2016 – According to Khashoggi, the Saudi government banned him from Twitter and pressured Al-Hayat to cancel his column after he warned against supporting Trump.
September 2017 – After leaving Saudi Arabia and settling in McLean, Virginia, Khashoggi becomes a columnist for the Washington Post. In his first column, he explains that he and many others had gone into self-imposed exile because they feared being arrested in Saudi Arabia.
2 October 2018 – He enters the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents from Saudi Arabia that would allow him to marry his girlfriend Hatice Cengiz. This is the last time he is seen in public. Cengiz sounded the alarm after it failed to emerge several hours later and Reuters reports his absence.
3 October 2018 – Turkish officials report that Khashoggi is still inside the consulate, but the Saudi government says he left the consulate after his visit. Bin Salman says in an interview that he will allow Turkey to search the consulate, since “we have nothing to hide”.
9 October 2018 – A senior Turkish official says the highest levels of the royal court in Saudi Arabia have ordered Khashoggi’s murder. The next day, a Saudi official said the kingdom “categorically” denies “any involvement in Jamal’s disappearance.”
11 October 2018 – The Washington Post reports for the first time that the Turkish government has notified US officials that it is in possession of audio and video recordings showing that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.
15 October 2018 – Turkish officials are granted access to search the consulate; no news of evidence is released. After a phone call in which King Salman offered a “spy denial” of involvement, Trump suggests that “rogue killers” may be behind Khashoggi’s disappearance.
22 October 2018 – Surveillance footage released showing a 15-man squad member suspected of Khashoggi’s death. dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes and on the move to Istanbul the day the reporter was killed, according to a senior Turkish official.
25 October 2018 – the Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated, says Saudi Arabia’s attorney generalin what marks a further significant change in the Saudi version of events.
15 November 2018 – The release of the Saudi prosecutor’s office more details on Khashoggi’s death. Following a physical altercation, he was injected with a lethal dose of a sedative. His body was later dismembered, according to Saudi prosecutors. A total of 11 people have been charged, five face the death penalty for their direct involvement in “ordering and executing the crime”. On the same day, the United States announces sanctions against 17 Saudi government officials, excluding bin Salman. Subsequently, Canada, France and the United Kingdom follow suit.
20 November 2018 – In a statement discussing the controversies surrounding the deaths of bin Salman and Khashoggi, Trump states, “Our intelligence agencies continue to evaluate all information, but it could very well be that the crown prince was aware of this tragic event – perhaps he did and maybe he didn’t! ”
9 December 2018 – According to a source briefed on the investigation, Khashoggi’s last words were “I can not breathe.” The source, who read the translated transcript of an audio recording of Khashoggi’s last moments, said it was clear that the October 2 murder was not a failed delivery attempt, but the execution of a premeditated plan to kill the man. Journalist.
11 December 2018 – Time magazine chooses “The Guardians,” a group of reporters that includes Khashoggi, as its own person of the year.
13 December 2018 – US Senate passes resolution condemning bin Salman for Khashoggi’s murder, but the Trump administration avoids attributing blame.
14 January 2019 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo he tells the Saudi King and Crown Prince that Khashoggi’s assassins must do it “Be held accountable”. During a stop on the Middle East tour in Riyadh, Pompeo claims to have discussed human rights and the “investigative and judicial process” of Khashoggi’s killing with the king and crown prince.
19 June 2019 – A United Nations the investigator releases a report saying there is credible evidence that the crown prince is responsible for Khashoggi’s death. Foreign Minister for Saudi Arabia later says the relationship is “imperfect”.
29 September 2019 – CBS airs an episode of “60 Minutes” with an interview with bin Salman. during the interview, the crown prince denies having any personal involvement in Khashoggi’s death, but says he takes responsibility for the tragedy as Saudi leader.
1 October 2019 – CNN gets a petition by two Washington attorneys who called a prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to push for an investigation into bin Salman’s alleged role in Khashoggi’s death.
23 December 2019 – This was announced by the Saudi Deputy Public Prosecutor Shaalan al-Shaalan Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death for Khashoggi’s murder.
22 May 2020 – Khashoggi’s sons publicly forgive their father’s killers, saving five government agents from the death penalty. Under Saudi law, a pardon by a family member of a murder victim serves as a legal respite.
7 September 2020 – Saudi Arabia issues final verdicts against eight suspects in Khashoggi’s murder, according to the state-owned Saudi news agency, citing a spokesman for the prosecutor. Five of the defendants who were spared the death penalty are sentenced to 20 years in prison, one defendant is given a sentence of 10 years and the other two to seven years in prison. Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings who conducted an independent investigation into the murder, calls the verdicts a “parody of justice”.
26 February 2021 – A declassified US intelligence report is released he says the crown prince approved the operation to capture or kill Khashoggi.
7 April 2022 – A Turkish court decides that the trial in absentia of 26 suspects accused of Khashoggi’s murder can be transferred to Saudi Arabia, in a move that could end the case.