A senior Channel 4 journalist unveils a terrible story for our times times in conversation with LBC’s Matthew Stadlen. When Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Turkey on 2 October 2018, he was expecting to pick up the documentation that would enable him to marry his fiance?, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting for him outside. Little did the Washington Post journalist realise he was entering a trap. A fifteen-man Saudi hit squad was lying in wait and within minutes, he would be brutally murdered and his body disposed of. The Saudis thought they would escape detection, but Turkish intelligence had bugged the building and recorded the killing on audio tape.
Based on confidential sources, dramatic new evidence and in-depth research, award-winning foreign correspondent Jonathan Rugman reveals in minute-by- minute detail the truth about what happened that day and against the wider background of a battle for regional influence involving Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and Turkey’s president Erdogan.
Jonathan Rugman has been Foreign Affairs Correspondent at Channel 4 News since 2006. A BAFTA award-winning journalist, he was previously based in Washington, D.C. and Istanbul. He has reported from Turkey for more than twenty-five years and also covered the Arab Spring revolts. He has previously worked for the BBC and written for The Guardian and The Observer.