Pompeo says Saudis promise to punish wrongdoers in Khashoggi case

17 October, 2018, 19:46 | Author: Eric Barnett
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Khashoggi has always been feared killed at the consulate after he entered the Saudi Consulate building in Istanbul on October 2 and was never seen exiting.

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 16, 2018.

Turkey has expressed concerns that Khashoggi could have been murdered inside the building, which the Saudi government has refuted.

On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that four of the men identified by Turkish media as part of a 15-man hit squad sent from Riyadh to silence Khashoggi were members of Bin Salman's personal security detail.

Turkish officials say they fear that Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist who had been in living self-imposed exile in the United States, was killed and dismembered after he entered the consulate.

Khashoggi, a Saudi writer who frequently contributed to The Washington Post, is a US resident and a vocal critic of his country's government. The Turks have said they suspect Saudis dispatched from Riyadh killed the self-exiled Khashoggi and dismembered his body within hours after he arrived at the consulate to get a legal document he needed to remarry.

Some US media reports said that Saudi Arabia is planning to come out with a report in which it is expected to say that the interrogation of Khashoggi went wrong and was killed in the process. It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. "If they knew about it, that would be bad", he said, reflecting on the matter to Fox Business.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was delaying a decision on whether to go through with a planned visit to Saudi Arabia meant to help fix strained relations.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday arrived in Ankara from Riyadh for talks with the Turkish leadership saying Saudi Arabia had promised a full investigation into the case.

That leaves Trump, who Monday suggested it might have been "rogue killers" behind Khashoggi's murder, out of step with even close allies in Washington like U.S. Sen.

Yeni Safak, a strongly pro-government newspaper, said Mr al-Otaibi could be heard telling those allegedly torturing Mr Khashoggi: "Do this outside; you're going to get me in trouble".

Sky special correspondent Alex Crawford says she was told by a "very well placed" source that a conversation between Saudi consul general Mohammed al-Otaibi and Mr Khashoggi can be heard on the recording, after which there was "a beating".

So far Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations and said that Khashoggi left the consulate.

"The consul's behaviour and approach drew reaction after Khashoggi disappeared", Cavusoglu said - criticising the way the consul behaved in a Reuter's tour of the consulate - "especially how he opened the cabinets saying "look he is not here" as if mocking people, behaving disrespectfully".

Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed, a claim Saudi Arabia denies.

U.S. lawmakers have been demanding scrapping of the United States dollars 110 billion mega defence deal with Riyadh, whereas heads of several companies, CEOs, newspapers have announced not to attend an upcoming finance conference in Saudi Arabia.

"I think we have to find out what happened first", Trump told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday.



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