Khashoggi death: How Saudi Arabia altered its account

Lloyd Doyle
October 22, 2018

Khashoggi, who had been living in self-imposed exile in the U.S., was reported missing hours after he entered the Saudi consulate to obtain paperwork that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancée.

Germany's exports to Saudi Arabia are significantly smaller than those from the U.S., but halting sales would still have an impact: Germany is the world's fourth-largest arms exporter to Saudi Arabia.

Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi's killers held him down while his fingers were hacked off and then injected him with a lethal drug before carrying him into another room where he was hoisted onto a conference table and dismembered.

Meanwhile, another vehicle, carrying no license plate, was removed from the consulate on October 22 with a tow truck. Both areas are now being searched for Khashoggi's remains.

Statements from the agency said both the king and the crown prince expressed their condolences for Khashoggi's death.

Saudi Arabia has provided a shifting account of what happened to Khashoggi.

He also urged Turkey to turn over purported audio recordings of Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

So how has Saudi Arabia changed its story since Khashoggi's disappearance was first reported?

The state-run Saudi Press Agency announced the calls to Khashoggi's son, Salah, early Monday morning.

This image, obtained by the Turkish broadcaster TRT World purportedly shows Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi before passing barriers that block the road leading to the Saudi consulate, in Istanbul.

"We will continue in that relationship, while we also simultaneously want to get to the bottom of what the facts are about the Khashoggi situation, which is obviously a awful situation", Mnuchin told reporters, adding it would be "premature to comment on sanctions" before a probe into the writer's death is complete.

Three days after the journalist vanished, Prince Mohammed told Bloomberg that Khashoggi was not inside the consulate, adding "we are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises".

According to the senior Saudi official, the Saudi team rolled up Khashoggi's body in a rug, took it out in a consular vehicle and handed it to a "local cooperator" for disposal.

"We are far from seeing everything on the table and the perpetrators being brought to justice", Merkel said.

It remains to be seen what next steps France, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. take as Turkish investigators reveal more details.

"Why did these 15 people come here?"

Speaking to supporters on Sunday in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is seeking justice and that he will "go into detail" in a speech to ruling party members in parliament.

His statement to a parliamentary committee will coincide with the opening of a major investment conference in Riyadh that has seen several world and business leaders pull out as the scandal around Khashoggi's death grows.

Among those who testified to the prosecutors assigned by the terror and organized crimes unit of Istanbul's Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, a consulate staff - employed as a driver - spoke to the reporters after his testimony at Istanbul Court House in Çağlayan district.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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