Four Saudis who participated in the 2018 killing of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi received paramilitary training in the United States the previous year under a contract approved by the State Department, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
The training was provided by the Arkansas-based security company Tier 1 Group, which is owned by the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, and was defensive in nature and devised to protect Saudi leaders, the Times reported.
On October 2, 2018, Khashoggi had gone to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to pick up documents needed for his wedding.
Once inside, he died at the hands of more than a dozen Saudi security and intelligence officials and others who had assembled ahead of his arrival. His death set off a diplomatic firestorm between the US and Saudi Arabia, raising questions about respect for human rights by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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