Saudi crown prince blamed for Khashoggi death by USA senator

Lloyd Doyle
October 17, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi, 60, is feared to have been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Freeland said she's been in contact with her G7 and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterparts, including U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as well as the German, British and Turkish foreign ministers.

But the Saudis have faced intense criticism over the Khashoggi incident, which comes just after USA senators almost succeeded in cutting off support for Riyadh's air campaign against rebels in Yemen, which a United Nations report says has killed thousands of civilians.

Asked whether they said Khashoggi was alive or dead, Pompeo said: "They didn't talk about any of the facts". But one thing is certain: whatever narrative emerges, the global reputation of the Saudi crown prince and power-behind-the-throne Mohammed Bin Salman will forever be tainted by this affair.

While the search was being carried out on Tuesday, CNN and the New York Times reported that Saudi Arabia was preparing to acknowledge Khashoggi's death in a botched interrogation.

Saudi Arabia has strongly denied killing Khashoggi and has denounced such assertions as "lies", saying he left the building shortly after entering.

Mr Trump also said that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had denied knowing what happened to Mr Khashoggi.

"You pick puppets to rule over (their) lands. and back terrorist Wahhabis", he said, referring to the fundamentalist Saudi interpretation of Islam.

The high-level Turkish official told the AP that police found "certain evidence" of Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate, without elaborating.

"Records show that two private jets chartered by a Saudi company with close ties to the Saudi crown prince and Interior Ministry arrived and left Istanbul on the day of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance", the story added.

The Saudi Arabian government reportedly sent $100 million to the Trump administration toward its operations in Syria Tuesday - the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Riyadh - timing that some are calling too good to be true.

Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet King Salman over the case that has strained the Americans' relationship with the Saudis, carefully cultivated by the U.S. president.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier Tuesday said Turkish investigators were looking into "toxic" and "painted over material" as part of their inquiry. "I don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", said Trump, adding that he hoped to get to the bottom of the matter soon.

"In each of those meetings I stressed the importance of them conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi".

Pompeo will fly to Ankara on Wednesday for talks with Turkish officials about the case.

Turkish investigators acknowledged that searching the consulate 13 days after Khashoggi vanished wasn't ideal. But this is the first time Turkish media claimed to have heard them. "I feel used and abused", Graham said.

Trump's previous warnings over the case drew an angry response on Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon.

"Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent", he said.

The source said the recording later reveals the journalist was "drugged" and "killed", before a Saudi forensics expert told others to put in headphones and listen to music while he took seven minutes to dismember the body.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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