MBS in touch with ‘ex-royal adviser’
Qahtani is accused of masterminding
WASHINGTON, Jan 11: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman remains in regular contact with his adviser Saud al-Qahtani, accused of masterminding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post reported. The newspaper, citing unnamed US and Saudi sources, said that Prince Mohammed, also known as MBS, continues to seek advice from Qahtani.
David Ignatius, the paper's security affairs correspondent, quoted an unnamed US citizen who had recently met MBS as saying that Qahtani is in possession of a lot of files and dossiers. "The idea that you can have a radical rupture with him is unrealistic," the source said.
A Saudi who is close to the royal court concurred. "There's stuff [Qahtani] was working on that he may have to finish, or hand over," he said according to The Washington Post.
Qahtani is believed to have played a pivotal role in Khashoggi's assassination by first trying to draw him back to Saudi Arabia. He met the Saudi hit team before they left for Turkey and allegedly gave orders to kill Khashoggi if he refused to return to his country voluntarily. -AL JAZEERA