Saudis preparing to acknowledge journalist died after interrogation 'went wrong'

Angelo Anderson
October 16, 2018

Fox News host Shepard Smith dismissed President Donald Trump's theory that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi and Turkish investigators have been seen entering the Saudi consulate where Mr Khashoggi was last seen.

Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the building and his body removed, allegations that Riyadh dismisses as baseless.

US President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he was aware of the report but did not know if it was correct. Turkish officials say they believe Saudi agents killed and dismembered Khashoggi and say Turkey has audio and video recordings of it. Arrests journalist. Arrests his political opponents, or they'd disappear, etc, etc. Most recently Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced he will no longer be attending the event, saying, "I'm very troubled by the reports to date about Jamal Khashoggi".

How are the Saudis reacting?

Trump tweeted early Monday that Salman denied any knowledge of "whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen'".

Saudi Interior Minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, "stressed that what has been circulating in terms of supposed orders to kill Jamal are outright lies and baseless allegations against the Kingdom's Government, which is committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with worldwide laws and conventions".

The official said the prosecutor had been instructed to work quickly.

Calling Khashoggi's disappearance a "terrible situation", he further said that the U.S. is working with Saudi Arabia and Turkey to figure out what happened. Turkey said Erdogan "stressed the forming of a joint working group to probe the case".

Turkish diplomatic sources had said the consulate would be searched by a joint Turkish-Saudi team.

Turkey rejected that offer.

His remarks prompted Saudi Arabia to threaten to use its economic muscle to respond to any punitive measure but Rai al-Youm, a pan-Arab newspaper based in London, said the kingdom might have to ready itself for new "milking" by the US. He is embroiled in a damaging dispute with neighbouring Qatar.

Freeland said she was alarmed by Badawi's imprisonment and called for the release of "peaceful" human rights activists - a statement that prompted the Middle Eastern kingdom's governing monarchy to virtually sever all ties with Canada.

More conservative Saudis may well be hankering for quieter times.

Is this the end of Saudi prince's honeymoon?

What allegedly happened in Istanbul? Surveillance footage from cameras surrounding the consulate showed Khashoggi entering the complex but did not show him leaving.

The New York Times, citing a person familiar with the Saudi plans, reported that Prince Mohamed bin Salman had approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia.

He adds: "We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial".

The Saudis have insisted that Khashoggi, who would have been 60 on Saturday, left the building...

One of those two individuals said he was told by those close to the Saudi leadership that the kingdom will claim that rogue operatives killed Khashoggi during an interrogation or a rendition attempt that went horribly awry. He is a USA resident.

What other reaction has there been?

The European Union has joined calls for a transparent investigation.

A growing number of company executives as well as media organisations continued to pull out of the event, known as the "Davos in the Desert", set for October 23 to 25.

Already, global business leaders are pulling out of the kingdom's upcoming investment forum, a high-profile event known as "Davos in the Desert". Although officials agreed to the investigation, Whitson said that the message from the Saudi government is clear.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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