Canada condemns killing of journalist in Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey

Alicia Cross
October 22, 2018

"This as, United States president Donald Trump has said that "it certainly looks like" Khashoggi is dead".

"The Crown Prince [Mohammed bin Salman] has denied this, he is not aware of this". Even the senior leadership of our intelligence service was not aware of this.

Erdogan spoke after Saudi Arabia, in a statement early Saturday, finally acknowledged that 59-year-old Khashoggi had died in the consulate, though its explanation that he was killed involuntarily in a "fistfight" was met with worldwide skepticism and allegations of a cover-up created to absolve Prince Mohammed of direct responsibility. We want to make sure that those who are responsible are punished and we want to make sure we have procedures in place to prevent it from happening again.

U.S. President Trump criticized Saudi Arabia's explanation for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies".

The prominent journalist had written columns critical of the Saudi government while living in self-imposed exile in the US.

The kingdom announced the arrest of 18 Saudis in connection with their probe and the sacking of two top officials linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has faced mounting pressure over the journalist's disappearance.

"There is the presumption of innocence until proven guilty".

The Saudi prosecutor has said that 18 suspects have been taken into custody so far.

The government published plans to recruitment five specialists for the US, Mexican, Indian, Malaysian and Saudi markets on 10 October. "We don't know where the body is", Mr Jubeir said.

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Now several news outlets - in Turkey and the United States - have reported the existence of audio tapes which they say prove this. Khashoggi's editor said the article "perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world".

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The kingdom says the allegations are "baseless" but has offered no evidence Mr Khashoggi ever left the consulate. A statement also promised that if the kingdom receives any action "it will respond with greater action".

In a joint statement issued Sunday, the three countries stressed that urgent clarificiation was needed regarding Khashoggi's death, and said the version of events proposed by the Saudi investigation required more facts to back it up.

But amid growing pressure at home and overseas over his soft posture toward Saudi Arabia, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin withdrew from a high-profile investment summit scheduled to begin in Riyadh later this month, and Trump on Thursday seemed to warn that there would be "severe" consequences for Riyadh if it was found responsible for Khashoggi's death.

"Nobody has told me he's responsible".

He said he would talk with President Trump before heading to the anti-terror meeting, but didn't expect a lecture on human rights abuses was on the schedule. "We haven't reached that point", Mr. Trump told The Washington Post on Saturday. "It could be something in the building went badly awry".

It called on Saudi authorities to produce Khashoggi's body so that independent forensic experts could perform an autopsy.

The UK's Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the Gulf kingdom's explanation for the death of the dissident journalist is "not credible". Yes, I think he did it.

He, however, struck a cautious note when asked about imposing sanctions on Riyadh.

CNN reports Saudi set up a commission to investigate and the crown prince will head it.

Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, echoed that view.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

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