Saudi minister says journalist Khashoggi-style murder can 'never happen again'

Clay Curtis
October 23, 2018

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday there were strong signs that the killing of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned and that he was killed in a "savage way".

Erdogan finished his speech with a series of outstanding questions about the case, including where Khashoggi's body is located, who instructed the Saudi team to go to Istanbul, and why Saudi Arabia gave shifting answers about what happened.

Saudi citizen Khashoggi has been a fierce critic of the leadership of Saudi Arabia, and in particular the Crown Prince.

The various explanations have been met with skepticism from the worldwide community and allegations Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - the country's de facto ruler - ordered Khashoggi be killed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he doesn't want to leave Canadians "holding a billion-dollar bill" by cancelling the controversial contract to sell armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.

The €416 million ($479 million/£367 million) of arms exports Germany approved to Saudi Arabia for this year pales in comparison to the arrangement between the U.S. and the kingdom. The killing has alarmed even Saudi Arabia's staunchest Western allies.

Both Republicans and Democrats have turned their attention to the role of the prince, with whom President Donald Trump and his son-in-law and White House adviser Jared Kushner have cultivated a close relationship.

Two U.S. Navy warships sail through Taiwan Strait
Taiwan's defence ministry confirmed the transit saying "US ships routinely passed the global waters of the Taiwan Strait". The ships' passage through the strait demonstrates "the USA commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific", Cmdr.

Dozens of executives from bankers Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan to ride-hailing app Uber to Western leaders like International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde have pulled out of the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), dubbed "Davos in the desert".

"We strongly demand and expect that Canadian exports are used in a way that fully respects human rights", Trudeau said in Parliament.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin would not export arms to Riyadh "in the current situation", despite Germany's approval last month of 416 million euros' ($480 million) worth of arms exports in 2018.

Jamal Khashoggi disappeared in Istanbul, Turkey after entering the Saudi consulate on October 2 to get documents for his upcoming marriage.

CIA Director Gina Haspel headed to Turkey on Monday to address the investigation of Khashoggi's death, two sources confirmed to ABC News.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir subsequently blamed a "rogue operation" by individuals who "exceeded their responsibilities" and then "tried to cover up for it", speaking on Fox News. He said procedures would be put in place to "ensure that something like this can never happen again".

The comments come as the Liberal government is facing new pressure to cancel the deal amid global outrage over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month.

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