Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Saudi Arabia inquiry finds Khashoggi died after confrontation

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Trump said consequences "will have to be very severe" if the Saudis were found to be responsible for his death, but he also added that it was still "a little bit early" to draw a conclusion about who may have been behind Khashoggi's suspected murder.

Sawyers said the fate of Khashoggi - whom Turkish authorities say was killed inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul - was a wake-up call to the Trump administration about "just how unsafe it is to have people acting with a sense that they have impunity in their relationship with United States".

A Saudi foreign ministry source, quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency, said that King Salman was determined official efforts would bring justice in the wake of Mr Khashoggi's death.

Britain will be under increasing pressure to act against Saudi Arabia after the Gulf kingdom admitted dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at its Istanbul consulate.

Pro-government Turkish daily Yeni Şafak reported it had heard audio recordings of Khashoggi being tortured during an interrogation, having his fingers cut off and then being decapitated.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Khashoggi's disappearance during an interview Friday with VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren.

Shortly after Trump and Pompeo met at the White House, Mnuchin announced that after consulting the president and his top diplomat "I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia".

Turkish officials identified the man who was seen walking toward the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul prior to writer Jamal Khashoggi's arrival as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage.

Although Pompeo suggested the US could wait another several days for results of the Saudi investigation an official familiar with his meetings in Riyadh and Ankara said he had been blunt about the need to wrap the probe up quickly.

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Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and permanent USA resident, entered the consulate but never came out. Khashoggi first began writing for the Post's opinion section in September 2017, and his columns criticized the prince and the direction of the Saudi kingdom.

The forest is being searched for possible remains of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The critique by Sanders is not an isolated occurrence as other lawmakers and outside critics have also said the Khashoggi murder should force a break in the decades-long relationship.

Saudi officials have not responded to repeated requests for comment from the AP in recent days, including Wednesday.

Investigators have already conducted two searches of the consulate and a nine-hour search of the consul's residence this week.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a "fight" with individuals inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey, Saudi authorities said after almost two weeks of speculation.

"The king started asking aides and MbS about it. MbS had to tell him and asked him to intervene when Khashoggi's case became a global crisis", the source said.

In statements to BBC Radio, he said: "Part of our reaction will depend on the Saudi reaction, and whether we sense that they are taking it as seriously as we are taking it".

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