Surveillance footage shows an alleged member of the Saudi hit team sent to confront Washington Post correspondent Jamal Khashoggi walking around Istanbul wearing a fake beard and the journalist’s clothing after he was tortured and killed, CNN reported Monday.
According to Turkish investigators, Mustafa al-Madani, allegedly a member of a 15-person hit team sent to kill Khashoggi, arrived at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 around 11 a.m.
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Khasoggi reportedly entered the building at 1:14 p.m. while his fiancee waited outside. Shortly before 3 p.m., surveillance footage recorded Madani exiting the consulate through the back door, along with an accomplice, in the journalist’s blazer, shirt and trousers, CNN reported.
Madani, 57, is of similar height, age and build as Khashoggi, and was likely used as a decoy, Turkish officials told CNN. The surveillance footage captured the Saudi operative donning a fake beard and glasses upon exiting the consulate, which he was not wearing when he arrived hours earlier.
After initially claiming no knowledge of the missing journalist’s whereabouts, Saudi Arabia claimed last week that Khashoggi was unintentionally killed in a fistfight at the consulate.
Turkish investigators have said they have audio and other evidence that proves Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a group of Saudis inside the consulate.
“You don’t need a body double for a rendition or an interrogation,” a Turkish official told CNN. “Our assessment has not changed since October 6. This was a premeditated murder and the body was moved out of the consulate.”