Turkey puts fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi under 24-hour protection

Elias Hubbard
October 24, 2018

Corker said he believed bin Salman directed a Saudi operation where Khashoggi, a journalist who wrote for The Washington Post, was "purposefully murdered" and that he wanted a complete investigation to bear out the facts.

A spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party vowed Saturday that Turkey would "uncover what has happened" to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, hours after Saudi authorities said that the Washington Post contributing columnist had been killed earlier this month during a fistfight inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia's "latest version asks us to believe that Mr. Khashoggi died after becoming engaged in a "brawl" with officials who had been sent to meet him".

The overnight statement, released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, that the writer died in the consulate also came more than two weeks after Khashoggi, 59, entered the building for paperwork required to marry his Turkish fiancée and never came out.

However, they said the Saudi appointment would not now go ahead.

"Their stories are all over the place", Trump said.

On Wednesday, crime scene investigation units arrived at the official residence of Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi around 4.40 p.m. local time (1340GMT).

Trump initially said he found the explanation credible, but later expressed more scepticism - although he warned against scrapping a multibillion-dollar arms deal with the conservative kingdom.

"I think we're getting close to solving a very big problem", Trump said.

"Yet, on the other, ministers are quite rightly sceptical over Saudi Arabia's ability to properly investigate over a high-profile case like Jamal Khashoggi".

But Trump defended Riyadh as an "incredible ally" and kept open the possibility that Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, the de facto leader of the kingdom, did not order Saudi agents to kill Khashoggi.

It was also reported that 18 Saudi nationals had been arrested.

Speaking during an exclusive interview with Fox News' Bret Baier, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said that the country is now investigating Khashoggi's death and that the 18 people implicated in his slaying would be punished appropriately.

"He was killed in the consulate".

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national and U.S. resident, went missing after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.

The European Union said the emerging details of Khashoggi's death are "deeply troubling" and said the continuing investigation should bring "proper clarity on the circumstances of the killing and ensure full accountability of all those responsible for it".

"We have to see if financial motives are influencing the president", he said on ABC.

The front pages of Saudi newspapers on Sunday were branded with headlines of support for the kingdom's government.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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