Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Saudi mulling over admission that journalist was killed in botched abduction

Saudi mulling over admission that journalist was killed in botched abduction

The move comes in response to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident columnist who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

And so what the statement will say, according to the CNN report, is that Mohammed bin Salman might have been aware of the rendition, but wasn't responsible for the murder.

October 7: Saudi government officials deny involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance after reports that he was killed.

Us Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is flying to Saudi Arabia immediately.

In a sign of new cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia that could shed light on the disappearance, Turkish investigators wearing coveralls and gloves entered the consulate Monday.

President Trump warned the United States would inflict "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia was behind his disappearance.

It is feared the Washington Post columnist, who lived in the United States, was killed and dismembered when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

The crown prince, ambitious, aggressive and just 33 in a kingdom long ruled by aging monarchs, has considerable weight in Saudi government actions.

Saudi Arabia said it would hit back against any sanctions imposed against the oil-rich country, citing its "effective and vital role in the world economy". The Turkish prosecutor was seen leaving later, a Reuters witness said Tuesday.

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The case has provoked an worldwide outcry against Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, with more media and business executives pulling out of a planned investment conference there this month.

Saudi Arabia has strongly denied killing Khashoggi and has denounced such assertions as "lies", saying he left the building shortly after entering.

Trump tweeted early Monday that Salman denied any knowledge of "whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen'".

"We are going to leave nothing uncovered", Trump told reporters.

Investigators have been arriving at the building in Istanbul - first a Saudi team followed by Turkish forensic police.

King Salman and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday evening and stressed the importance of the two countries creating a joint group as part of the probe.

In a major new blow for the event, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon and Ford chairman Bill Ford also cancelled plans to attend as well as Larry Fink, the head of investment giant BlackRock, and Steve Schwarzman of Blackstone. Such an adjustment would end the unqualified deference that the Trump administration has given to Riyadh and make the relationship more businesslike, to be managed up or down to the extent to which Riyadh does or does not act consistent with US interests.

Khashoggi meets Hatice Cengiz, a 36-year-old Turkish Ph.D. student, at a conference in Istanbul and she soon becomes his fiancée.

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