Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Germany freezes arms exports to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi’s death

Germany freezes arms exports to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi’s death

Amnesty International said on Saturday that Saudi Arabia's explanation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul appeared to be a whitewash of "an appalling assassination".

Saudi Arabia finally admitted on Friday that Khashoggi was killed after he entered the consulate on October 2.

Al-Jubeir said none of those involved in the killing of Khashoggi had close ties to the crown prince. Asked about allegations that Khashoggi had been tortured and beheaded, he said preliminary results of the investigation did not suggest that.

Jubeir stated that conflicting reports on Mr Khashoggi's movement in Istanbul had prompted a Saudi probe, adding that they are 'determined to uncover every stone'.

Trump last week pulled Mnuchin from attending an economic summit in Riyadh this week that was being hosted by the crown prince, but the Treasury secretary still plans on attending an anti-terrorism summit in Saudi Arabia later this month.

The Times also cited a report by the consultancy firm McKinsey & Co that discussed public perception of economic austerity measures announced by Saudi Arabia in 2015.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump seems unlikely to make a statement similar to Merkel's, as he has repeatedly stated since Khashoggi's disappearance that he hopes the US can continue with its $450 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, stating that there are other ways to "punish" the country if it was behind the journalist's death. And that's why I think that we can not continue to have relations with him. "They're good but they're not that great", Corker said.

Canada condemned Saudi Arabia's account of the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi as inconsistent and not credible on Saturday, calling for a "thorough" investigation.

US President Donald Trump said he'll be working with Congress on how to respond to Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi's death. AP
US President Donald Trump said he'll be working with Congress on how to respond to Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi's death. AP

He also replied to a USA lawmaker's claim which said he was "certain" that the crown prince was "involved and he directed" the killing, saying that it was not based on facts but emotions. It also said 18 people had been arrested as part of the case.

However, a leading U.S. Senate Republican said the Saudi explanation, which followed initial denials from the kingdom that it knew anything about Khashoggi's fate, wasn't credible.

"The Turks have been talking more to the media than they have us", Corker said of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

A spokesman for the Japanese company said that MUFG Bank Deputy President Eiichi Yoshikawa will attend the Saudi event in place of CEO Kanetsugu Mike.

"Those responsible for the killing must be held to account and must face justice".

According to the unnamed Saudi source, a team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Khashoggi at the consulate had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped, upon which he resisted.

'Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms, ' it read.

Raab said Britain needed to know the facts of what happened before it could make a "sensible and sober judgement call" on what to do next.

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