Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump on Khashoggi death: Saudi arrests is a ‘good first step’

Trump on Khashoggi death: Saudi arrests is a ‘good first step’

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi got into a brawl inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Turkey. and that led to his death. according to Saudi officials finally speaking out about the controversial and brutal incident.

"It took an intense global outcry sustained for two weeks to acknowledge the obvious - that Khashoggi is dead, that he was killed in the Saudi consulate", said Kristin Diwan, of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

The prosecutor isn't saying what sparked the argument, or how Khashoggi actually died.

The Saudi government said it had fired five top officials and arrested 18 other Saudis as a result of the initial investigation.

She said: "The United States acknowledges the announcement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that its investigation into the fate of Jamal Khashoggi is progressing and that it has taken action against the suspects it has identified thus far".

His body has not been recovered.

The apparent circumstances of Khashoggi's disappearance caused worldwide revulsion.

Turkish authorities were quick to allege Saudi Arabia's involvement in the writer's sudden disappearance, and it soon emerged they believed he had been brutally dismembered using a so-called "bone saw".

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The White House acknowledged the Saudis' announcement, stating that it would "continue to closely follow the worldwide investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent, and in accordance with all due process".

The Gulf kingdom admitted last night that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate but said he had died after a fight broke out, claiming Salman had no knowledge of the alleged hit.

"I do, I do", Trump said when asked if he found the Saudis' explanation credible, adding: "It's early, we haven't finished our review or investigation, but".

Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the United States should pursue sanctions against Saudis involved in Khashoggi's death under a U.S. law named after Sergei Magnitsky, the anti-corruption Russian accountant who died in custody.

Castro later said on Twitter he "did not intend to accuse [Kushner] of orchestrating anything", yet noted the number of stories about the close relationship between the president's son-in-law and the Saudi crown prince.

"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable", Trump said. On Friday, investigators questioned staff and explored whether his remains could have been dumped outside Istanbul after his suspected killing, Turkish media and a security official said.

The overnight announcements in Saudi state media came more than two weeks after Khashoggi, 59, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul for paperwork required to marry his Turkish fiancée, and never came out. Saudi Arabia denies all such allegations, claiming that Khashoggi left the consulate alive on the same day and vowing to provide all possible assistance to the investigation.

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