Saudi Could Admit Jamal Khashoggi Died During Interrogation

Daniel Fowler
October 16, 2018

Saudi Arabia is reportedly poised to acknowledge that Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government in Riyadh who often wrote for the Washington Post, was killed by them in Istanbul in an interrogation gone awry.

A Turkish diplomatic source had earlier said a joint Turkish-Saudi team would search the building - the last place Khashoggi was seen before he vanished on October 2.

President Trump raised the possibility today that "rogue killers" were behind the Saudi journalist's disappearance, not the kingdom's leaders.

Mr Trump has said Saudi Arabia could face "severe punishment" if it was proven it was involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkish forensics and police officers arrive to the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018, to search the premises in the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi had visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for an appointment related to his upcoming wedding. The fallout from the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi may jeopardize that payday.

King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday evening, officials said, and stressed the importance of the two countries working together on the case. "We're very much working with our allies in the worldwide community to try and bring forward a concerted, or at least an aligned, response as we learn more about this situation", Trudeau said during a "fireside chat" at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto. "Those banks and firms that reject the [conference] invitation now may find doors closed to them in the future", Young said.

The kingdom says the allegations are "baseless" but has offered no evidence Mr Khashoggi ever left the consulate.

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Writing for Al Arabiya yesterday, Mr Aldakhil said: "If US sanctions are imposed on Saudi Arabia, we will be facing an economic disaster that would rock the entire world".

There was also a suggestion they had meant to abduct Khashoggi and take him to Saudi Arabia.

Aleksandar Mitreski, a security and defence analyst, said Saudi Arabia cannot control the global narrative but can try to alleviate the most damaging fallout.

Meanwhile, more leading business figures say they will not attend a major investment conference in Riyadh later this month.

Bahrain called for a boycott of Uber, in which PIF has invested $3.5 billion, after its chief executive officer said he would not attend the conference.

Khashoggi's fate has troubled Washington and Saudi Arabia's other traditional Western allies.

"The Republic of Yemen expressed its deep appreciation for the high prestige enjoyed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which makes it the cornerstone of the security and stability of the Arab and Islamic worlds, as well as stability of the region", read the statement, attributed to Yemen's state news agency Saba.

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