Ben Jacobs has reacted to some latest findings from CNN and what they could mean in context of the potential takeover of Newcastle United.
As per the news outlet, the two private jets used by a Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) squad who assassinated journalist Jamal Khashoggi were owned by a company that a few months prior had been seized by Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).
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The KSA’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) is chaired by MBS, and the documents establishing the link between the planes and the prince were filed by a group of Saudi-state owned companies.
Evidence that ownership of the group of private planes had been moved into PIF has not been yet been reported and gives a link between Khashoggi’s death and MBS.
Jacobs has since given his thoughts on the findings, tweeting: “In the context of the takeover, it is still very difficult for the EPL to take a moral stance (prior to any conviction). But any evidence of MBS using PIF for his own ends (in this case a murder) do show a lack of separation regardless of what legal classifications say.”
Problem for the potential Newcastle takeover?
One of the main arguments presented in the Premier League’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test (ODT) was whether PIF is a separate entity from the KSA government, but as Jacobs has claimed, this new evidence could be found to show a lack of separation, which may well turn out to be problematic for the potential revival of the takeover at St. James’ Park by the KSA consortium.
Nonetheless, whether this evidence will have a direct impact on the possibility of the deal is another question for now, but it may certainly worry some members of the Toon Army.
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