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Saudis and Responsibility for Khasoggi’s Murder

(WEBPUBLICA) NEW YORK – The finding contradicts earlier assertions that Khashoggi’s death at Riyadh’s Turkish consulate was accidental. Saudi Arabia is attempting to distance the royal family from the journalist’s killing,

Mike Pompeo and Saudis difficult talks on journalist Jamal Khasoggi killing admission (Courtesy photo Digital Journal for education only)

Mike Pompeo and Saudis difficult talks on journalist Jamal Khasoggi killing admission (Courtesy photo Digital Journal for education only)

DW (Deutsche Welle) reported quoting other news sources. In a meantime Americans are showing ever biggest frustration with Saudis’ version of their admission killing their own journalist and columnist of Washington Post. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced possible revoking of US visas for some Saudi officials who are suspects in this gruesome killing.

Three weeks after the killing, the U.S. is also taking its first steps against Saudi officials, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing 21 Saudi “suspects” would have their U.S. visas revoked or be deemed ineligible for a U.S. visa, US TV Network ABC reported.

 Trump is still waiting

According to ABC President Trump had this to say about Saudis: “They had a very bad original concept. It was carried out poorly. And the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups. It’s very simple. Bad deal. Should have never been thought of. Somebody really messed up,” Trump said October 23rd.

But he again declined to lay blame at the feet of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or his father, King Salman, saying he’d spoken to both of them and they denied any involvement. The president said the crown prince “strongly said he had nothing to do with it. It was a lower level,” Trump said the prince told him, according to ABC.

He added that he wants to see the facts of a U.S. investigation first before making any judgment.

Saudi prosecutors said the alleged killers of Jamal Khashoggi acted intentionally, in comments published by Saudi news agency SPA.

The finding runs completely counter to earlier assertions that Khashoggi’s death at Riyadh’s Turkish consulate was accidental. Saudi officials initially claimed that Khashoggi had left the embassy safely.

In the meantime Turkish forensic officials continued their investigation at the Saudi consul’s residence in Istanbul, DW reported.

 

Saudi-Arabien - Saudischer Kronprinz Mohammed bin Salman (picture alliance/abaca/Balkis Press) Information has come from the Turkish side indicating that the suspects in the Khashoggi case embarked on their act with a premeditated intention,” Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb said.

“The public prosecution continues its investigations with the accused in light of what it has received and the results of its inquiry,” he added.

Khashoggi’s eldest son was reported to have flown out of Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, according to Reuters. Salah Khashoggi was seen at the royal palace on Tuesday, shaking hands with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. According to Human Rights Watch, Salah Khashoggi is on his way to the United States after a travel ban on him was lifted.

  • Vanishes into thin air

    REMINDER: October 2: Prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone to obtain an official document for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. He never emerged from the consulate, prompting Cengiz, who waited outside, to raise the alarm.

Saudi Arabian authorities have been trying to distance Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from Khashoggi’s killing. The prince on Thursday chaired the first meeting of a committee to overhaul the general intelligence agency, SPA reported.

Salman called Khashoggi’s killing “heinous” and “painful to all Saudis” in his first public remarks on the incident on Wednesday.

At the weekend 18 Saudis were arrested, and four senior intelligence officials and a royal adviser were fired.

On Thursday the Reuters news agency and The Washington Post reported Turkey had shared audio recordings of the killing with CIA Director Gina Haspel, marking the first time Turkish investigators officially shared information with the US.

Germany’s economic affairs minister, Peter Altmaier, who is on a two-day visit to Turkey to boost trade ties, praised Turkish efforts to shed light on the killing and said “many question marks” remain.

EU parliament urges arms embargo

The European Parliament on Thursday passed a resolution urging an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia in response to Khashoggi’s killing. The assembly believed it was “very unlikely” the killing was committed without Salman’s knowledge as he was in “complete control” of Saudi Arabia’s security services.

The resolution called for “an impartial, international investigation into his death to find out what actually happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, and for those responsible to be brought to justice.”

Ska Keller, a German member of the European Green Party, said: “EU countries must not continue to turn a blind eye to the serious human rights violations committed by the Saudi government.”

 

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