Monday, 19 November, 2018

Saudis said ready to concede writer was slain in botched interrogation

Saudi Arabia Vows Retaliation if Punished over Missing Critic Saudi king calls Erdogan as Khashoggi fallout widens
Scott Davis | 16 October, 2018, 13:00

The Saudi Arabian consulate is cordoned off by Turkish police - during the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi - in Istanbul, Turkey, October 15, 2018. The Sabah daily newspaper said investigators had wanted to search the building with luminol, a chemical which shows up any traces of blood.

Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

The king, Trump reported, suggested it could have been "rogue killers".

A Saudi delegation had entered the consulate one hour before the Turkish police arrived and appeared still to be inside as the search was conducted.

While Turkish officials have not officially stated what they believe happened to Khashoggi, they have reportedly told the US that they have video and audio that suggests the journalist was tortured and murdered by a team of Saudis.

Encouraged by the state-controlled media, many Saudis have been rallying round their leadership.

"It's cumulative - the Yemen war, the dispute with Qatar, the tensions with Canada and Germany, the arrests of women activists".

The Glazers sold two per cent of the club's shares with limited voting rights in August a year ago, and may be interested in selling more to the Saudis.

Is this the end of Saudi prince's honeymoon?

What is alleged to have happened in Istanbul?




Donald Trump is suggesting "rogue killers" may be responsible for whatever happened to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

He adds: "We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial".

October 11: The Washington Post, which Khashoggi writes for, reports the Turkish government told US officials that it had audio and video recordings proving Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Pelosi then questioned whether Trump put personal profit ahead of country in the case of Khashoggi - whom the Saudis are reportedly about to admit was killed in a botched interrogation.

The consummate insider never shied away from criticizing Saudi policies but gained prominence in many circles, including as an adviser to former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal.

What other reaction has there been?

Members of Khashoggi's family have called for an investigation. "But even if you don't express direct support for the crown prince, you will be in prison; you will be charged with things they don't really understand why".

Already, global business leaders are pulling out of the kingdom's upcoming investment forum, a high-profile event known as "Davos in the Desert", and the sell-off on Riyadh's Tadawul stock exchange showed that investors are uneasy. Diane Greene, the head of Google's cloud computing business, will no longer attend the conference, a spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, investors and business partners have been withdrawing or freezing their dealings with Saudi Arabia, especially the so-called "Davos in the Desert", hosted by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, to discuss his proposed $500 billion high-tech planned city of "Neom", to be built in the Egyptian Sinai.

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