Democracy for the Arab World Now called on the US Congress on Tuesday to interrogate Abbas Kamel, Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate, who is to visit the USA this week, over claims about Cairo’s engagement in the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
One week ago, Yahoo News revealed that the Saudi airplane that carried the assassination team transited in Cairo while was in its way to Istanbul to “pick up a lethal dose of illegal narcotics that was injected a few hours later into the left arm of Jamal Khashoggi.”
“The reports that have emerged that Egyptian authorities provided the killer drugs that were used to execute Jamal Khashoggi are shocking,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of DAWN, a group that Khashoggi founded in the last year of his life. “There needs to be a congressional investigation.” Whitson considered it impossible that an official Saudi airplane could land in Egypt with the Egyptian authorities not knowing about it and approving its landing.
US Senate staffers told Yahoo News that members of the Senate’s Foreign Affairs Committee, which was to meet with Abbas Kamel, had already prepared to question Kamel about Egypt’s involvement: “I’d like them to know we know they helped the Saudi murder of a US-based journalist,” said Rep. Tom Malinowski.
Furthermore, a Saudi high-profile source told Yahoo News that the Egyptians helped the Tiger Team, who conducted the murder of Khashoggi, in the abduction of the opponent Saudi Prince Saud bin Saif al-Nasr from Italy in 2015.