WWE's Saudi Arabia event to occur as scheduled despite Khashoggi's death

Alicia Cross
October 26, 2018

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince on Wednesday denounced the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and vowed justice would prevail.

The report provides no further details about the information that led to this conclusion, nor does it say whether the "premeditated" killing happened under orders from the Saudi government.

Addressing the conference on live television, the crown prince called the murder "a heinous crime that can not be justified".

"The Company is continuing to monitor ongoing developments in the region, and there can be no assurances in this regard", WWE said.

After over two weeks of denials and shifting stories about what happened, Saudi officials said that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate after a fight broke out.

Saudi authorities have scrambled to formulate a convincing explanation for and response to the murder of Khashoggi. Turkish police took a water sample from a well at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Hurriyet newspaper reported.

October 19: Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor says preliminary investigations show an "altercation" and "fistfight" led to Khashoggi's death shortly after he entered the consulate, and that 18 Saudi nationals have been detained.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the death Tuesday as a "ferocious" premeditated murder. The Trump administration is facing rising pressure to act against its Arab ally and the president has appeared to be stepping back from giving Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman his full support.

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Some Turkish employees reportedly said they were instructed not to go to work around the time that Khashoggi disappeared. Turkish media quotes officials saying a team of 15 Saudis removed Khashoggi's fingers, killed him and dismembered him.

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Companies also skipped nominating barrels they are entitled to from their investment in Iranian oil fields, the person added. Iran , for its part, is keen to keep its single biggest oil customer when USA sanctions on Iranian oil exports kick in.

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Brexit supporters, meanwhile, say a second referendum would trigger a major constitutional crisis and calls of betrayal. UK Prime Minister Theresa May of the Conservative Party has ruled out another public vote on the subject.

CIA Director Gina Haspel will brief President Trump Thursday on what she has learned about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Thursday morning.

That earlier assertion, in turn, backtracked from an initial statement that Saudi authorities knew nothing about what happened to the columnist for The Washington Post, who vanished after entering the consulate October 2.

This comes as Saudi prosecutors said the Mr Khashoggi's death was a premeditated crime.

The arrests were accompanied by an announcement that King Salman was placing his son, Mohammed, in charge of restructuring the Saudi intelligence apparatus - a move that all but ended speculation that the crown prince would be sanctioned.

In his toughest comments yet, Trump told the Wall Street Journal he wanted to believe the prince when he said that lower level officials were to blame for the killing at the Saudi mission.

Later that day, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih admitted the scandal of Khashoggi's killing was a blow to the kingdom. Last week, its government changed its story, saying the USA resident and critic of Saudi policy had died in the consulate because of a fight. British Prime Minister Theresa May said its Saudi arms sales were "under review", a stance similar to that expressed by Australia.

"Jamal Khashoggi's body still hasn't been found".

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