Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Washington Vows to Hold Accountable Khashoggi Killers, Others Involved in Murder

Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist Saudi crown prince told White House slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a Muslim extremist
Jay Anderson | 02 November, 2018, 14:23

The murder of the royal insider-turned-critic has provoked widespread outrage and fuelled an global debate about arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia. The murder has drawn withering criticism of Riyadh from around the world. The Turks added that the Saudi prosecutor also said no statement had been made by Saudi authorities about the existence of the purported local cooperator.

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States and wrote columns for the Washington Post, went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to collect some documents, but he never reappeared.

The remains of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi should be located and returned to his family for burial as soon as possible, the US said Thursday.

FILE - Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb walks to board a plane to leave Turkey, in Istanbul, Oct. 31, 2018.

Mr Khashoggi's family vehemently denied that he was in any way risky or a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. "To claim otherwise would be ridiculous", the statement said.

Khashoggi entered the consulate last month to get a document he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

A spokesman for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development party says the dissident Saudi journalist could not have been murdered without high-level order from the kingdom.

Turkey's chief prosecutor on Wednesday confirmed for the first time that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate on October 2 as part of a planned hit, and his body was then dismembered and destroyed. Ankara has repeatedly called for them to be extradited to Turkey for trial.




After Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate, five high-ranking officials were dismissed, including bin Salman's media chief and the deputy head of the Saudi intelligence service. However, he also said he was unwilling to sacrifice lucrative arms deals with the country.

Pompeo told a local radio station in St Louis that the U.S. had "deep and long-term strategic relationships" with Saudi Arabia and said "we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

"Jamal Khashoggi was not a unsafe person in any way possible".

"It'll take us probably a handful more weeks before we have enough evidence to actually put those sanctions in place, but I think we'll be able to get there".

On Wednesday, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Khashoggi's death was a "crime" and "odious".

The US-Saudi relationship "is too big to fail", Prince Turki said.

During the call, Salman stressed the importance of maintaining a US-Saudi Alliance.

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