Khashoggi killers will be held accountable: Saudi

Aaron Brown
October 23, 2018

Saudi Arabia finally admitted Friday that its agents killed Khashoggi after he entered the consulate on October 2, but is denying that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or King Salman were involved.

The government published plans to recruitment five specialists for the US, Mexican, Indian, Malaysian and Saudi markets on 10 October.

Saudi Arabia said Saturday that Khashoggi died after a fistfight escalated inside the consulate, but many global leaders were skeptical of that explanation.

The project to recruit the specialists is being funded by the Scottish government, Scottish Development International (SDI) and Opportunity North East.

Trump has been criticized for his response to Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish sources say the authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting Khashoggi's murder inside the consulate but have not released it. "The market started to price in a fundamentally different relationship between Saudi Arabia and the US", said Jaap Meijer, head of equity research, at Arqaam Capital.

Trump said he considers the Saudi statement credible, though "it's early".

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement that the Saudi statement is "far from the end".

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

"I don't believe you can have someone who would authorize this sort of an act be in a position of power with a nation that's very important to us", Tillis said.

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California said Saudi Arabia's claim that Mr Khashoggi died in a brawl was not credible.

Labour, the SNP, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Greens said it was "hard to imagine what crime the Saudi government would need to commit" to earn a rebuke from the UK Government, the Guardian reported.

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Some governments and prominent executives have said they would pull out of a forthcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia.

"He's seen as a person who can keep things under check", added Trump.

He said the government supported an investigation into the killing.

Blumenthal also accused the Saudi government of trying to "insulate and shield" Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, known as MBS, and protect the 18 arrested Saudis from further investigation.

A member of the team then dressed in Khashoggi's clothes and walked out of the building to make it appear as if he had left the consulate, the official said.

In defense of his decision to travel to Saudi Arabia, Mnuchin emphasized the relationship between the two countries, calling it "longstanding" and saying, "We will continue in that relationship while we also simultaneously get to the bottom of what the facts are about the Khashoggi situation".

Trump appeared initially to accept the Saudi explanation, but USA lawmakers, intelligence officials and foreign policy experts quickly accused the government in Riyadh of a coverup.

"Do I think he did it?"

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". We are going to see", he said, adding that the arrests were "a big first step. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday "I find it impossible to believe that the Crown Prince was not involved".

"French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also on Saturday condemned "this murder in the strongest terms" and said", The confirmation of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi's death is a first step toward the establishment of the truth.

On the other side of the aisle, Democratic lawmakers have nearly universally called into question Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death.

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