Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Saudis conclude Khashoggi died after a fight broke out in the consulate

Dem Rep Has 'Irresponsible' Theory: Jared Kushner Orchestrated Journalist's Death in Saudi Arabia Consulate Congressman: Kushner May Have Given Intel to Saudis Leading to Killing of Jamal Khashoggi
Deanna Wagner | 20 October, 2018, 14:02

Khashoggi's disappearance "drew the attention of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the highest levels, and due to the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, the Kingdom took the necessary procedures to clarify the truth and began by dispatching a security team to Turkey on 6 October 2018 to investigate and cooperate with counterparts in Turkey", SPA said.

Turkish officials say that Khashoggi - a USA resident - was killed by a 15-member Saudi hit squad after he entered the consulate on October 2. Saudi King Salman also had a plan to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services.

Saudi Arabia also noted that the suspect tried "to hide what happened and 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.

President Donald Trump says he could consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Eighteen Saudi citizens have been detained in connection with the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency.

Turkish authorities said days ago, that they had an audio recording of the incident in which they say Khashoggi was interrogated, which led to a struggle, which led to Jamal Khashoggi's death.

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 royal decisions and actions taken after the investigation in this case reaffirm these values and established principles to ensure the implementation of law and justice".

The disappearance of Khashoggi, who was a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, caused tension between Saudi Arabia and Western allies, with countries including the UK, Germany and France pressing the Saudis for information on his disappearance.

As many as 18 people have been taken into custody, according to Saudi officials.

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Employees of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul were said to be giving evidence to Turkish prosecutors.

The Colorado lawmaker, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, urged Trump to immediately recall the acting United States ambassador from Saudi Arabia.

Qahtani, 40, entered the royal court under the late King Abdullah but only rose to prominence after latching onto Prince Mohammed, becoming a rare confidante in his secretive inner circle.

'I will remain a faithful servant of my country for a long time, and our dear homeland will remain lofty, God willing'.

Turkish crime scene investigators this week searched the Saudi Consulate building in Istanbul and the nearby residence of the Saudi consul general, and came out carrying bags and boxes.

A Conservative MP in the county is facing questions over payments of more than £40,000 he received as an advisor to an organisation based in Saudi Arabia.

The United States and Riyadh have had a strategic relationship dating back to 1932, and have recently been allied in countering Iranian influence in the Middle East.

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

How can the Crown Prince head the investigation since he himself is accused of ordering the killing of Jamal Khashoggi?