Tue, October 16, 2018
Faculty in the News, Oct. 16
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CSUSB professor comments on case of missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Press TV (Iran)
Oct. 16, 2018
David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, was interviewed about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He was last seen entering the Saudi Arabian consulate office in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2, raising suspicion of foul play. Turkish police are also reportedly in possession of an audio recording, which allegedly indicates that Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate.
Yaghoubian, whose interview starts at about 2 minutes into the video, commented on reports that Turkish authorities have audio that points to the journalist’s killing.
“Certainly it would be great to either be able to see or hear even a portion of this evidence, but with the strength with which the Turkish government is proclaiming that they have audio and video evidence, I don’t actually doubt that they have it,” he said. “But what seems to be developing is the attempt to create a narrative to somehow, in this extreme crisis management mode that the Saudi government is in, to create a narrative whereby this is some rogue killers who somehow came out of Saudi Arabia on the Gulfstream jets and happened to bring a forensics expert and a bone saw along with them. Or they were going to try to meld that with the narrative that somehow, perhaps, they were actually on official business to bring in, as it is being emphasized now, this Saudi citizen rather than stating he was a permanent resident of the United States, and that something went arwy and that potentially it was an accident.”
Yaghoubian said the idea of rogue killers was “absurd.”
Press TV is a 24-hour English language news and documentary network affiliated with Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
See the video interview at "Audio proves Saudis killed journalist."
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