Saudis tampered with CCTV cameras after Khashoggi murder: report
Turkish media have reported that staff at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul tried to dismantle security cameras to help cover up the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The pro-government Sabah newspaper reported on Tuesday that the Saudis tried to rip out the camera inside the consulate on October 2, the day Khashoggi was murdered. Khashoggi, a former Washington Post columnist and critic of the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, was killed in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2. According to the report, on October 6, at 1am local time, a consulate member staff went into the police security post outside the Saudi consulate to access the video system. Sabah reported that the staff member put in a digital lock code into the system, which did not dismantle any cameras, rather the code was to prevent access to any videos showing movement at the entrance, including Khashoggi’s arrival at the consulate.
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons reporting from Istanbul said that their attempt was, in any case, irrelevant because the police had already deciphered the coding and accessed the system, retrieving a copy of the video well before the attempted tampering. Turkish authorities claimed last month that security camera footage was removed from the Saudi consulate and that Turkish staff were told to take a holiday on the day Khashoggi was scheduled to visit the consulate to pick up a document for marriage. On October 23, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech to ruling party legislators in Ankara that the murder was planned days in advance by a Saudi team. He said that the surveillance system at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was deactivated on purpose. Erdogan said he wanted answers to many questions, such as who gave the orders to kill Khashoggi and what happened to his body.
Turkey has not been able to receive an answer from Saudi Arabia as to who specifically ordered Kashoggi’s murder. Cavusoglu added that Turkey has further evidence regarding Khashoggi’s killing which they have yet to share with the public and that details of his case will continue to be reported to the public until the investigation is complete.
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CCTV shows assassination of John Macris in Greece
Dramatic CCTV footage of the murder of Australian gangster John Macris outside his Greek home shows his killer run up to the car he was sitting in and fire repeatedly at the driver’s seat through the passenger window. In video published by Greek newspaper Kathimerini, the former Sydney underworld figure is sitting in his black Smart car outside his seaside home in the southern suburbs of Athens at 9.05pm on October 31. The assassin approaches the car from the right side while pointing his handgun at Macris sitting in the driver’s seat on the left side, firing repeatedly. He is just centimetres from the window when he fires the fourth shot, at which point Macris is known to have left the car via his door on the opposite side. The shooter follows Macris around the car and continues shooting, before sprinting off in the opposite direction.
Only parts of the full CCTV footage were published, as the newspaper clarified that Macris had just entered the car before the vision of his shooter begins. The footage does not fully show Macris’s attempted escape out of the car, with a gap in the video between his exit from the car and the assassin’s final shots. It is understood that local investigators are still exploring possible motives for Macris’s death and they are yet to identify his killer.