Putin says U.S. bears some responsibility for Khashoggi disappearance

Marco Green
October 18, 2018

It was the second-such extraordinary search of land considered under global law to be Saudi sovereign soil after Turkish police searched the consulate through the early morning on Tuesday.

"The Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together".

After a telephone conversation with King Salman on Monday in which US President Donald Trump discussed the joint investigation by the Kingdom and Turkey into Khashoggi's disappearance, Trump said that the Saudi journalist may have been killed by "rogue killers". He was followed shortly after by Wopke Hoekstra, the Dutch finance minister.

However, a number of major businesses - including Goldman Sachs, Pepsi and EDF - are still intending to go despite growing pressure for a boycott.

Worldwide pressure has also been mounting on Riyadh with United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet calling for the lifting of the immunity of officials who might be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance. The Russian leader said Moscow "cannot start deteriorating relations" with Saudi Arabia because "it did not know what really happened".

Asked about a recording described by the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak, Trump said, "We've asked for it, if it exists".

Reports in Turkish media give gruesome details of what are said to be his final minutes.

In this December 15, 2014 file photo, Jamal Khashoggi, then general manager of a new Arabic news channel speaks during a press conference, in Manama, Bahrain.

It is not clear.

The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warned governments in the Middle East "have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate". The Saudi government has denied any involvement.

On arrival, Khashoggi was reportedly shown into the office of the Saudi consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, where the Saudi agents grabbed him and began torturing and beating him, according to the account in the Times. Now I have to accept: "That is not going to happen", Attiah wrote.

"I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us", he said this week.

Crime scene investigators concluded a second search of the consulate and the consul's residence overnight Thursday.

Several vehicles with Saudi diplomatic number plates were filmed by CCTV cameras moving from the consulate to the residence just under two hours after Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate.

How have other countries reacted?

"The men and women of the Khashoggi family are all loyal to the country and utterly refuse to use or exploit the name of the family in an agenda seeking to harm Saudi Arabia", Khashoggi's son Sultan tweeted, according to Gulf News.

A government spokesman said Fox had decided it was not the right time to attend the conference and explicitly tied the decision to Khashoggi's disappearance.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has promised that no one will be exempt from inquiry into Khashoggi's disappearance and has ensured a thorough probe.

The paper said a Saudi team immediately grabbed the journalist after he entered the consulate, cutting off his fingers and later decapitating him.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said it is a pity that Mr Khashoggi has gone missing, but that Russia can not damage relations with Saudi Arabia without hard facts.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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