ITV commissioning editor apologises for Saudi executioner Halloween costume

Saudi Halloween costume

ITV commissioning editor Asif Zubairy. Image: PA

Friday, November 2, 2018

A commissioning editor at ITV has apologised after he dressed as a Saudi executioner for Halloween following the death of journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Asif Zubairy, who is part of ITV's entertainment team, wore a red chequered headscarf and a bloodied jacket to a party hosted by chat show host, Jonathan Ross.

He also held a fake severed hand as part of his costume for the event, which was attended by Shirley Ballas, Jimmy Carr and Keith Lemon.



After facing backlash for his costume choice, Mr Zubairy told the Daily Mail: "I realise my Halloween costume may have offended some people, for which I apologise."

Saudi Arabia has faced international condemnation over the alleged murder of Mr Khashoggi, who was an outspoken critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It has been reported that the Washington Post columnist was “cut up” and his face “disfigured”.

ITV said it was not commenting on Mr Zubairy's costume.