Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Mohammed Bin Salman’s Inner Circle Takes Blame for Khashoggi’s Death

Mohammed Bin Salman’s Inner Circle Takes Blame for Khashoggi’s Death

It comes as the Saudi government comes under increasing global pressure over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi - a journalist who was allegedly killed after entering the country's consulate in Turkey. In the past week, reports that cited Turkish officials painted a more gruesome picture: Reports said that one of Khashoggi's interrogators was an autopsy specialist with a bone saw, and that Khashoggi was ultimately dismembered.

Deputy intelligence chief Ahmad Al Assiri and royal court media adviser Saud Al Qahtani, both part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's inner circle, were sacked. Furthermore, King Salman fired top spy officials and issued orders to overhaul the General Intelligence Agency, a task he assigned to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

On Saturday Saudi Arabian officials released a statement saying Khashoggi died after a fight broke out in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The Trump administration has been notably slow to criticise Saudi Arabia, despite mounting evidence that Khashoggi, a critic of the Islamic petro-state's powerful crown prince, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia said on Saturday preliminary results of investigations showed US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after a fight with people he met there, state media reported, according to Reuters.

An undisclosed number consulate employees in Istanbul were interviewed by prosecutors, the semiofficial Anadolu news agency reported, a day after Turkish authorities began combing through wooded areas outside Istanbul in an apparent search for Khashoggi's remains.

Democratic rep for Texas said Congress should open investigation into whether Kushner (second left) or another admin official shared U.S. intelligence with Saudis.

"The Saudi "explanation" for murdering journalist and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi in a consulate - a fistfight gone wrong - is insulting", tweeted Senator Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee.

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U.S. President Donald Trump hailed as a "great first step" Friday Saudi Arabia's explanation for the fate of a missing Saudi journalist.

No major decisions in Saudi Arabia are made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom's ruling Al Saud family.

Pro-government Turkish media have repeatedly claimed Khashoggi was tortured and decapitated by a Saudi hit squad inside the consulate, but Turkey has not yet revealed details about the investigation.

Khashoggi, who was due to marry his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz this month, also criticised Saudi Arabia's role in the Yemen conflict and opposed a Saudi-led boycott of Qatar.

It's unclear whether the Saudi announcement will be enough to staunch the criticism the kingdom faces from lawmakers in the USA, its most crucial ally. Arab allies have rallied to Riyadh's support, but Western pressure has intensified on Saudi Arabia to provide convincing answers.

But, amid calls to rethink Britain's arms sales and security alliance with Saudi, he said any United Kingdom response would be "considered" and take the "strategic relationship" between the two nations into account.

A USA government source said United States intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced of Prince Mohammed's culpability in the operation against Khashoggi, which they believe resulted in his death.

"Sometimes I feel that. he wants to enjoy the fruits of First World modernity and Silicon Valley and cinemas and everything, but at the same time he wants also to rule like how his grandfather ruled Saudi Arabia", Khashoggi told Newsweek. "To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement", said Graham on Twitter.

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