This is the first concrete consequence of the case of Jamal Khashoggi. After having admitted that the journalist had been killed in his consulate, Istanbul, saudi Arabia has sacked, Saturday, October 20, two of the main collaborators of the crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
The two personalities were both part of the inner circle of the prince Mohammed Bin Salman, known as ” MBS “. Their dismissal was accompanied by the arrest of 18 suspects saudis.
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general Ahmed Al-Assiri, deputy head of the saudi intelligence
at the Age of sixty years, the general Al-Assiri was an advisor of high rank close to the royal court. Before being promoted to deputy head of general intelligence in 2017, he was the spokesman of the coalition military involved in Yemen since 2015 against the rebels houthistes supported by Iran. The daily pan-arab capital saudi Al-Hayat described with this general, trained at the prestigious school French military Saint-Cyr, ” the pilot saudi the most well-known in the world “.
fluent in French, English and Arabic, Ahmed Al-Assiri was present often at meetings behind closed doors of the crown prince with visiting foreign dignitaries in the kingdom. The man had also acquired abroad, the reputation of harassing journalists whose articles criticizing the “smearing” saudi arabian in Yemen. In the spring of 2017, it had been the target of a stream of egg at a conference in London, and the british government had apologized for this ” assault “.
Before his dismissal on Saturday, the New York Times had reported that saudi Arabia would issue likely to be the responsibility of the disappearance of Khashoggi in general Assiri to try to clear the ” MBS “.
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Saud Al-Qahtani, adviser on “media” at the royal court
key Man of the entourage of the crown prince, Saud Al-Qahtani headed the ” center for studies and media affairs “, a unit operating within the royal court, before being appointed advisor to the “media” of the king. A key position where he is in control of particular activities of public relations of the government of saudi arabia.
According to sources in saudi arabia, Mr. Al-Qahtani, 40 years, has conducted propaganda campaigns in line against the opponents of the kingdom, such as Qatar and Iran. With 1.3 million followers on Twitter, this senior is in particular known for their hostile messages to dissidents and rivals.
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in an article published In the Washington Post at the beginning of the year, Jamal Khashoggi stated that Al-Qahtani had set up a “black list” of journalists critical of the kingdom and that he was known to intimidate them. In a posthumous interview published Friday by the magazine Newsweek, Khashoggi describes Mr Al-Qahtani and another senior saudi, Turki Al-Sheikh, ” rogue “.
” The people fear them. You the challenge, you might end up in jail, and this is what happened. “
last year, Mr. Al-Qahtani wrote on Twitter : “I do nothing of my own initiative, without orders. I am the employee and the executor of my king and my prince. “
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