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

Saudi Arabia calls Khashoggi killing grave mistake; says prince not aware

Saudi Arabia calls Khashoggi killing grave mistake; says prince not aware

Newly leaked surveillance footage from the killing of Jamal Khashoggi appears to show a man walking around in the writer's clothes in Istanbul after his killing.

Both the consulate and the residence of the Saudi consul have been searched too. A member of the team dressed in Mr Khashoggi's clothes to make it appear he left the consulate.

Saudi Arabia said Monday it had no plans to repeat its harsh 1973 oil embargo, even as relations with the West sour following the killing of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi.

President Donald Trump says he needs to learn more about the killing of a Saudi journalist and will be working with Congress on the USA response.

The Khashoggi case has opened a serious new rift with European partners Britain, France and Germany saying in a joint statement earlier that Saudi Arabia must clarify how Khashoggi died inside its Istanbul consulate, and its account must "be backed by facts to be considered credible".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that on Tuesday, the same day a glitzy investment forum in Riyadh spearheaded by Prince Mohammed is to take place, that details of Khashoggi's killing "will be revealed in all its nakedness".

In exclusive law enforcement surveillance footage CNN aired Monday, the man appears to have left the Saudi consulate by a back door, and was later seen in the dead journalist's clothing, with a fake beard and classes, at Istanbul's Blue Mosque in the hours after the journalist was last seen alive on October 2.

Central Intelligence Agency officials have listened to the audio recording that Turkey says proves Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents in the consulate, according to people briefed on the matter. Retno said the visit was scheduled after the Saudi monarch visited Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, in March previous year.

The Turkish news agency Anadolu said on Sunday that Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, has been given 24-hour police protection.

Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who has been identified as the head of forensic evidence in the Saudi general security department, reportedly cut Khashoggi's body with a bone saw while he was still alive. Turkish officials and reports have suggested that a team of Saudi agents was sent to assassinate him.

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The sources also said that two leaders' phone conversation included pastor Andrew Brunson, cooperation in fight against terrorism and the roadmap on Syria's Manbij.

The Turkish officials spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.

"WAN-IFRA calls on the Turkish authorities to urgently provide proof of its claims of Saudi state involvement in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, as well as increased global pressure for a full, verifiable accounting from the Saudi monarchy as to the events leading up to his death", the statement read.

Yeni Safak cited no source for the information.

This, it added, led to Khashoggi's death.

The official said all 15 team members had been detained and placed under investigation, along with three other local suspects.

Salah thanked the king and expressed his "sincere gratitude" to Prince Mohammed for the calls, according to separate press releases published by the SPA. Al-Falih said there's no intention of repeating the 1973 oil embargo, in which the kingdom and several regional allies squeezed supplies to the United States and Europe in retaliation for their support for Israel.

A group of top USA lawmakers say Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Still, Trump has offered kind words for Mohammed bin Salman, and his father, King Salman, repeating their denials that they were involved in Khashoggi's killing".

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