Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Khashoggi: What will Trump do?

Dem Rep Has 'Irresponsible' Theory: Jared Kushner Orchestrated Journalist's Death in Saudi Arabia Consulate Saudi Arabia journalist: Nation claims vanished journalist 'died following brawl' | Daily Star
Lindsey Cook | 22 October, 2018, 03:23

For Saudi Arabia's allies - particularly in the West - the question will be whether they believe that the prince, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

The chief executive of Japan's biggest bank has pulled out of Saudi Arabia's financial conference dubbed "Davos in the Desert", joining a growing list of withdrawals following the killing of a government critic at the kingdom's consulate in Turkey.

Senior aides close to the prince have been fired over Khashoggi's killing, and 18 suspects have been arrested.

Trump told reporters Friday the Saudi explanation was credible, and has said that while he hasn't decided on a response, no punishment would impact arms sales to the kingdom. "I am going to go there and meet with my counterparts and continue to focus on what's in the Treasury's domain, as it relates to this issue".

Khashoggi, a Saudi-born columnist and USA resident and wrote for The Washington Post, was last seen entering the consulate on October 2.

The crown prince had no knowledge of the specific operation that resulted in Khashoggi's death, a Saudi official familiar with the Saudi investigation said.

Saudi officials said yesterday that he died during a fistfight, yet that claim was met with widespread speculation.

Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia in 2017, and had recently been living in the US where he served as an opinion columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, writing critically of the Saudi royal family and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and warning of efforts to stifle the free press in the Middle East. "They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it".

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"People fear them. You challenge them, you might end up in prison, and that has happened", he said. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. "That is not the focus of my trip".

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was killed inside the consulate by a team of Saudi agents and his body cut up.

Earlier in the day, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said "full light needs to be shed" on the incident. Merkel said "nothing has been explained so far and we need to explain it".

Mr Trump initially said he believed the Saudi account, but has now said he still does not know where Mr Khashoggi's body is.

The Saudi stock market is down about 4% since Khashoggi's disappearance.

"The Saudi's latest version of events still isn't credible, and the Trump administration must not be complicit in allowing them to sweep this under the rug". Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on NBC the Saudi ambassador to the USA should be expelled until the matter is settled.

The king also ordered the formation of a ministerial committee headed by Prince Mohammed to restructure the general intelligence agency, state media said, suggesting the prince still retained wide-ranging authority.

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