Saudi Arabia Reportedly Plans To Announce Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed Accidentally

Lester Mason
October 19, 2018

According to that reported claim, the crown prince had approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but the intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself.

"Certain evidence" of Jamal Khashoggi's murder has been found by police in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a high-level official told the Associated Press on Tuesday.

"Given (that) there seems to be clear evidence that Mr. Khashoggi entered the Consulate and has never been seen since, the onus is on the Saudi authorities to reveal what happened to him from that point onwards", Bachelet said. Saudi officials previously have called the allegations "baseless", but reports in USA media on Tuesday suggested the kingdom may acknowledge the writer was killed there.

USA media reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia would admit that the disappearance and alleged death of Khashoggi was the result of an interrogation gone wrong.

Khashoggi hadn't been seen since he entered the consulate to obtain marriage license papers on October 2, and evidence points to Khashoggi having been killed and dismembered.

The official said evidence was being shared with countries including Saudi Arabia and the United States. Leaked surveillance footage show diplomatic cars traveled to the consul's home shortly after Khashoggi's disappearance at the consulate.

On Wednesday, President Trump said that the USA asked Turkey for audio and video relating to Khashoggi "if it exists".

President Trump on Monday said he was "immediately" sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman, who he said "denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened to 'our Saudi Arabian citizen'".

Some police were in uniform while other officials were in suits carrying printers and files, an AFP correspondent said.

Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan said the Saudi government "owes the Khashoggi family and the world a full and honest explanation of everything that happened to him", noting that Tuesday marked two weeks since the disappearance of the 59-year-old journalist.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Butler said once his team was informed of what was happening, "it just didn't feel like a good time to be getting involved".

In a separate statement issued on the same day, Nauert said Pompeo had also met with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir.

"The denial was very, very strong", Trump later told reporters at the White House.

He reiterated USA concern over Khashoggi's disappearance, Nauert said, adding that both foreign ministers had "agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation".

Khashoggi has written extensively for the Post about Saudi Arabia, criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a driving ban for women.

Who such killers could be and how it fits into reports of a Saudi team being despatched to the consulate before Mr Khashoggi's arrival will presumably need to covered.

Gerard Butler said Monday he's canceled a press tour to Saudi Arabia for his upcoming movie, as it felt "incredibly insensitive" in the wake of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

TRT World's Francis Collings has more from outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Turkey has wanted to search the consulate for days.

US Senator Lindsey Graham, pictured with fellow Republican Senator Marco Rubio in Washington in 2014, described Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a "wrecking ball".

Soon after, Pompeo arrived at a royal palace, where he thanked King Salman "for accepting my visit on behalf of President Trump" before the two went into a closed-door meeting.

The kingdom has also angrily rejected what it called political and economic "threats", saying it would respond to any punitive action, such as sanctions, "with a bigger one". On Sunday, the oil-rich kingdom suggested retaliation if the US were to impose strict measures.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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