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An ITV executive has apologized for dressing up as a Saudi executioner at a Halloween party.
Asif Zubairy, a commissioning editor at the British TV giant, wore a blood-splattered costume and a headscarf (or keffiyeh) while also carrying a severed hand prop in reference to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Sky News reported and ran a photo of the executive.
He wore the costume to talk show host Jonathan Ross’ Halloween party. Zubairy, in a statement shared by ITV, apologized for his choice of costume. “I’m a private individual who attended a private party,” the news network quoted him as saying. “I realize my Halloween costume may have offended some people, for which I apologize.”
ITV itself didn’t comment.
Khashoggi, who was a critic of the Saudi government, was killed in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul during early October. Istanbul’s chief prosecutor found that Khashoggi was strangled inside the consulate, and that his body was dismembered.
Initially, Saudi Arabia insisted that Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate, before speaking of an accidental killing that happened during a “fistfight.” However, in late October, after reviewing evidence from Turkish officials as part of a joint probe, Saudi prosecutors acknowledged that the killing was premeditated.
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