Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Saudi Arabia Admits Khashoggi Died in Consulate

Saudi Arabia Admits Khashoggi Died in Consulate

Trump told reporters he thinks Saudi Arabia's explanation that Jamal Khashoggi died after a brawl inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul is credible, adding he does not think he has been lied to during conversations with Saudi Arabia's senior leaders.

U.S. President Donald Trump had also talked about possible punishment but said he didn't want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia because, he maintained, it would harm U.S. manufacturers.

He said the case should be brought to an global court as Saudi Arabia, as an authoritarian state on its way to reform, would likely hide the truth, as well as the murder mastermind, considering that its national interests were at stake.

The statement by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and his French and German counterparts Jean-Yves Le Drian and Heiko Maas, respectively said the "violent death" of Khashoggi, within the premises of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul "had been feared" for many days but its confirmation still comes as a "shock". "It is just starting", said Fatih Oke, a representative of the Turkish Arab Media Association, speaking on Saturday at a news conference in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul held by Khashoggi's supporters. It also contradicted leaked information from unnamed Turkish security sources that Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered inside the building. "We don't know where the body is", Jubeir said.

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Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said it is "very important" there is a full explanation into the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate. The Saudi story changed early Saturday, when the government acknowledged for the first time that Khashoggi, who had written columns for The Post critical of the Saudi leadership, was dead.

The kingdom at the same time announced the firing of four top intelligence officials, including Maj.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies". King Salman had handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to his son, whose reputation has been tarnished by the Khashoggi affair.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the USA will advocate for justice in the Khashoggi case that is "timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process".

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"I think you're going to see the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany working collectively with others if he did this to respond in an appropriate way".

Asiri joined the Saudi military in 2002, according to Saudi media reports, serving as spokesman for a coalition backing Yemen's ousted president after Prince Mohammed led Saudi Arabia into that country's civil war in 2015. "We're going to find out who knows what, where and we'll figure it out", he said, indicating that things might be clearer by Monday. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, a top adviser to Crown Prince Salman - as part of an investigation into the Khashoggi case. "He will have been aware of the general instruction to tell people to come back", the official said.

Saudi state TV and the state-run Saudi Press Agency carried the statement early Saturday morning. A member of the team then dressed in Khashoggi's clothes to make it appear as if he had left the consulate.

Democrats have repeatedly lashed out at Trump's response as weak and indecisive, and they said his latest reaction fell short as well.

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