Saudis Preparing to Admit Journalist Killed By Mistake During Interrogation

18 October, 2018, 00:10 | Author: Elaine Woods
  • Trump Speaks to Saudi King, Sends Pompeo for Follow-Up

"If you want to live when you come back to Arabia, shut up", one of the agents said, according to the report.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Saudi Arabia has made a "serious commitment" to hold senior leaders and officials accountable in the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Also in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Pompeo met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, when he "reiterated the President's concern" over Khashoggi's disappearance, as well as "the President's desire to determine what happened".

After speaking with the king, Trump floated the idea that "rogue killers" may have been responsible for the disappearance.

"I'm not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does."

In an interview on Wednesday, Mr Trump said he did not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia over the issue as the U.S. relies on the kingdom in the fight against terrorism. Russia hopes that the results of this investigation will be made public, Lavrov said as quoted by Russian news agency Interfax on Tuesday.

While Pompeo was in Riyadh, Trump said on Twitter that he had talked with the crown prince, the country's de facto leader, "who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish consulate".

Security services in Turkey have used pro-government media to leak details of Khashoggi's case, adding to the pressure on the kingdom.

A team of Turkish investigators entered the Saudi consul's residence on Wednesday after delays.

The fifth suspect is an autopsy expert, Mr Salah al-Tubaigy, who the New York Times said identified himself on his Twitter account as the head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics.

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"The South African government joins the global community in expressing its concern regarding reports about the disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, whilst in Istanbul, Turkey", Dirco spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said in a statement.

As per records, two private jets chartered by a Saudi company with close ties to the Saudi Crown Prince and Interior Ministry had arrived and left Istanbul on the day of Khashoggi's disappearance.

"The one thing we really know as a solid fact is that Khashoggi went into the consulate and he was never seen coming out again", Colville said, adding that it seemed "very probable" that some crime had been committed.

President Trump on the mainstream media's handling of the economy, the midterm elections, plans to cut spending, boosting America's military, deregulation, trade talks with China, the future of US relations with Saudi Arabia, his use of social media and the media's coverage of him.

The president on Wednesday called Saudi Arabia an important ally, noting it is an important customer for USA military exports.

Pompeo said the Saudis are committed to a "thorough, transparent and timely" investigation. All of the identified individuals have since left Turkey.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) called for the suspension of arms sales, as well as for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to drop out of a Saudi investment conference in Riyadh scheduled for next week.

He had been critical of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

Mr Khashoggi had fled the country a year ago amid the rise of Prince Mohammed, whom he wrote critically about in the Post.

Saudi Arabia has been under intense worldwide pressure to explain Khashoggi's apparent death, which has created a diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and the West.

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