Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Saudi crown prince blamed for Khashoggi death by U.S. senator

Saudi crown prince blamed for Khashoggi death by U.S. senator

Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government who has written for the Washington Post, was last seen walking into the consulate on 2 October.

Meanwhile, CNN and other outlets are reporting that the Saudis are considering releasing a statement admitting that Khashoggi was killed but claiming the murder was the result of an interrogation gone wrong, and that the Saudi leadership had no knowledge of what was taking place.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that four of the men identified by Turkish media as part of a 15-man hit squad sent from Riyadh to silence Khashoggi were members of Bin Salman's personal security detail.

The dissident journalist was killed minutes after he arrived at the building to pick up marriage paperwork on 2 October, according to United States and Turkish press reports of what the officials say are audio recordings that prove he was beaten and drugged, then brutally killed and dismembered.

"We remain very troubled by the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi".

"There seems to be clear evidence that 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", she said.

Just hours before investigators were due to search through the residence of Saudi consul Mohammad al-Otaibi in Istanbul, he left Turkey on a commercial flight.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi, who Turkish officials have said was murdered in the Saudis' Istanbul consulate, to the allegations of sexual assault leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing. It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. "We are grateful to all those who have respected our privacy during these hard times", the statement said.

Prince Mohammed, 33, a son of King Salman, consolidated his control in June 2017 when he was named Crown Prince to replace his cousin, Mohammed Nayef, who was sacked.

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If U.S. President Donald Trump fails to punish Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's disappearance, he hopes that others in government will.

"Saudis claimed that his [consul's] family was inside", said Mevlut Cavusoglu addressing members of the media following his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Ankara.

Turkish officials said Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents.

So far there is no guarantee that the world will get any proof of Saudi Arabia's account of Khashoggi's death, beyond being asked to take the kingdom's word for it.

She said under global law, both a forced disappearance and an extra-judicial killing were "very serious crimes" and immunity should not be used to impede investigations into what happened and who is responsible.

"They made a commitment to hold anyone connected to any wrongdoing that may be found accountable for that, whether they are a senior officer or official", Pompeo said.

"We have said before that Saudi Arabia must cooperate with us in every aspect without delay".

Saudi operatives were reportedly told they should listen to music as journalist Jamal Khashoggi was dismembered, an audio recording indicates, according to a new report. And I think that's a reasonable thing to do, to give them that opportunity, and then we'll all get to judge.

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