Saudi Arabia Confirms Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed At Consulate

Elias Hubbard
October 20, 2018

However, a drip feed of details from a Turkish investigation appears to have forced Riyadh into admitting that Khashoggi did in fact die in the Saudi consulate.

Turkish officials said that 15 Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi, according to reports. King Salman, his father, appointed him to lead a committee that will restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after Khashoggi's slaying.

The vague statement has not explained exactly how he died, but the suspects then apparently tried to cover it up. "It's a lot of people, a lot of people involved, and I think it's a great first step", Trump, who has made close ties with Saudi Arabia a centerpiece of his foreign policy, told reporters in Arizona.

"Writers like me, whose criticism is offered respectfully, seem to be considered more unsafe than the more strident Saudi opposition based in London.", Khashoggi wrote.

Saudi Arabia said it "expresses deep regret" over his death and King Salman put his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in charge of re-vamping the country's intelligence agency.

US President Donald Trump says Saudi explanation for Jamal Khashoggi's killing is credible and a "good first step".

Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has died, and said it fired two senior officials over the incident that has provoked an global outcry and strained relations between Riyadh and the West.

The Trump administration has been notably slow to criticise Saudi Arabia, despite mounting evidence that Khashoggi, a critic of the Islamic petro-state's powerful crown prince, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The Turkish prosecutor-general is writing up a report on Khashoggi's killing, but will not publish until a body is found, MEE understands.

The Saudi state media said the government's investigation of Khashoggi's death has resulted in the detention of 18 individuals who apparently had some role in the October 2 incident.

But, amid calls to rethink Britain's arms sales and security alliance with Saudi, he said any United Kingdom response would be "considered" and take the "strategic relationship" between the two nations into account.

On the Republican side, senator Lindsey Graham, who has been critical of Saudi Arabia in the past, said he doubted the Saudi explanation for Mr Khashoggi's death. "It is risky for Saudi Arabia, for the region".

A key counsellor to Prince Mohammed, Qahtani was a media advisor in the royal court.

Turkish police searched a forest on Istanbul's outskirts and a city near the Sea of Marmara for Khashoggi's remains, two senior Turkish officials told Reuters. Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, responsible for a coming peace proposal for Israel and the Palestinians, also has forged a close relationship with Prince Mohammed.

According to the Saudi prosecutor general, a violent altercation broke out while Khashoggi was being interrogated in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 4. The US president wants King Salman and OPEC to boost production to drive down high oil prices, caused in part by the coming re-imposition of oil sanctions on Iran in November.

"The new explanation is preposterous, and America's moral compass has come completely unmoored if we don't take action", Murphy said in a tweet.

At least one of the suspects traveled to Istanbul for the objective of meeting with Khashoggi, according to a statement from the Saudi Press Agency.

Democratic US Senator Richard Blumenthal told CNN the Saudi explanation "absolutely defies credibility" and called for an worldwide investigation of Khashoggi's death.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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