Four people from Saudi Arabia involved in the 2018 murder case of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi received paramilitary training in the US. This was disclosed by 'The New York Times' in a report on Tuesday, citing documents and people related to it. The report said that all the training was given under contract. The contract for the training was approved by the US State Department. The training was given by Tier 1 Group. Its parent company is the equity firm Sarbers Capital Management. In this, training was given in shooting and attack prevention.
The company told the NYT that the training was meant to better protect Saudi leaders and American officers who allowed training. They all knew that the four people were involved in the act of protest against the Saudi government. Now after this report, a statement has come from the Ministry of External Affairs. State Department spokesman Ned Price has said that we will not comment on any licensed defense export activity. Price has clearly stated that US policy prioritizes the rule of law and human rights for Saudi Arabia.
According to the report, Louis Bremer, a senior executive of Cerberus Capital Management, the parent company of Tier 1 Group, confirmed the news of the training last year while answering questions in Parliament. The report said that in the Donald Trump administration, Bremer was to be given a higher position in the Pentagon. Questions and answers were made in this regard. However, the Trump administration withdrew Bremer's nomination. Also, their answers were never submitted to Parliament.
In fact, in 2018, Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated in front of the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul. His body has not been recovered till date. He used to write articles against the Saudi government in the Washington Post. Here, the Biden administration convicted Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of murder.
The report said that Prince Salman had assigned the task of killing journalist Khashoggi as part of an operation in Istanbul, Turkey. The report said that if Salman had not given permission, this murder would not have happened.
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