Monday, 19 November, 2018

Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi murder was 'premeditated'

2e9020a3 Changing story again, Saudi Arabia says killing was planned
Andy Castillo | 26 October, 2018, 06:41

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of an "extrajudicial execution" committed by the Saudi state, a United Nations expert said Thursday, calling for an worldwide investigation.

Turkey continues to investigate Khashoggi's death.

That earlier assertion, in turn, backtracked from an initial statement that Saudi authorities knew nothing about what happened to the columnist for The Washington Post, who vanished after entering the consulate October 2.

The kingdom, who oiringally denied all knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, has since admitted he was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, blaming a "rogue operation".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Erdogan spoke on the phone Wednesday, according to Turkey's state news agency Anadolu, and "discussed the joint efforts to uncover all aspects of the murder" of Khashoggi, including next steps.

Trump has also blamed the Saudi de facto leader, who is known in media as "MBS", for the killing of Khashoggi.

"I think that time has come to restructure the sectors of the national security in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in line with the economic sectors' growth in the kingdom", he said in his address to the Future Investment Initiative.

"Jamal Khashoggi's body still hasn't been found". The recent barrage of phone calls between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MbS] and Turkey President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan signifies what?

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After over two weeks of denials and shifting stories about what happened, Saudi officials said that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate after a fight broke out.

Turkish forensic teams have searched the Consulate, the consul general's official residence as well as vehicles belonging to the consulate as part of their probe into Khashoggi's disappearance and death.

Critics of Saudi Arabia say they believe the Gulf kingdom is seeking to shield MBS from having to take any responsibility for what happened.

Then, in a public admission Saturday, Saudi Arabia claimed that Khashoggi died when a discussion turned violent.

Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a US-backed regional bloc against Iran but the crisis has strained Riyadh's relations with the West. Dozens of Western officials, world bankers and company executives shunned a major three-day investment conference in Riyadh this week. The two countries, while both allies of the US, have taken opposing positions on crucial Middle East flash points.

Meanwhile, Khashoggi's son Salah Khashoggi and his family have arrived in Washington after leaving Saudi Arabia, according to sources close to the family. The State Department has already announced it will revoke the visas of 21 Saudis suspected to be connected to Khashoggi's death.

On Capitol Hill Wednesday, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would stop most U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

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