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Who is ‘the boss’ in phone call after Khashoggi’s murder?

Leader of the hit squad which killed the Saudi journalist in Turkey allegedly reported success of the mission to Riyadh.

US intelligence officials believe a phone message to “tell your boss” after journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered was a reference to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The New York Times has received a transcript of one of the recordings released by Turkey.

The newspaper says the telephone call was made by Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a security officer who frequently travelled with the crown prince.

Turkish intelligence believes Mutreb was speaking to one of the prince’s aides and also used words to the effect that “the deed was done”.

But officials in Ankara say the audio does not conclusively implicate Mohammed bin Salman.

So who is “the boss”? And will this new evidence lead somewhere? 

Presenter: Martine Dennis


Abdelwahab El-Affendi – Professor of politics at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies

Mehmet Celik – Political news editor at Daily Sabah newspaper

Bill Law – Journalist and analyst at The Gulf Matters