Timeline on the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

16 October, 2018, 07:17 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Trump says Saudi king denies knowledge of missing journalist

The Saudi government is preparing to say that the death of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the result of an interrogation by Saudi operatives that went wrong, two sources close to the Saudi kingdom tell CBS News. On Monday, industry publication the Hollywood Reporter, citing anonymous sources, said Endeavor was seeking to give back the money and revoke the stake. It said one of the sources told them that the intention was to abduct Khashoggi and it had not been authorized by the Saudi government.

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened "severe punishment" if it is found that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.

But now Saudi Arabia is under scrutiny, as questions swirl around the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who wrote opinion columns for The Washington Post.

Saudi state owned Al-Arabiya news channel delivered a bullish message to the USA and the global community in response to growing calls for sanctions against Riyadh over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was United States resident and wrote articles for The Washington Post, splitting his time between Virginia, London, and Istanbul since he left Saudi Arabia in June 2017.

Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

In the meantime, Lieberman said it's important for the U.S.to maintain its relationship with Saudi Arabia because the king is "the best hope we've had for modernizing Saudi Arabia in a long time".

The Saudi foreign ministry said Salman affirmed his country's "solid" relations with Turkey in the phone call with Erdogan.

Saudi Arabia had earlier denied killing Khashoggi and denounced such assertions as "lies", saying he left the building shortly after entering.

"There's something really awful and disgusting about that if that were the case", he said, referring to allegations by Turkish authorities that Saudi Arabia was involved. "I don't think any of our government officials should be going and pretending it's business as usual until we know exactly what's happened here".

Trump said he didn't "want to get into (Salman's) mind", but told reporters: "it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers".

U.S. CONSIDERING PUNITIVE MEASURESTrump yesterday said he spoke with King Salman and was sending U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with the king immediately.

King Salman has replaced two crown princes in the past.

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