Turkish police raid villa in western Turkey as part of Khashoggi probe

24 October, 2018, 07:27 | Author: Frank Williams
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"They had a very bad original concept", Trump said in apparent reference to Khashoggi's killers, according to several White House reporters. "And the coverup was one of the worst in the history of coverups". It's very simple. Bad deal. Somebody really messed up. The Saudi story has shifted drastically since Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2; the official line is now that he was accidentally killed when a discussion with officials turned into a brawl.

Mr Trump spoke on Sunday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the son of Saudi King Salman.

Saudi Arabia's initial denial and then perceived cover-up of events have created a diplomatic crisis for the kingdom as western allies have expressed scepticism over Riyadh's version of events, pulling out of a large foreign investment conference in Riyadh that began on Tuesday and triggering calls from the US Congress to reevaluate the close political friendship between the Trump administration and Bin Salman.

Despite extensive news leaks alleging that Turkey has audio recordings documenting Khashoggi's torture and murder, neither U.S. nor allied government agencies had been granted access as of Monday to such evidence, the officials said.

Three weeks after the killing, the U.S.is also taking its first steps against Saudi officials, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcing 21 Saudi "suspects" would have their USA visas revoked or be deemed ineligible for a US visa.

But US and allied intelligence reporting that details any specific instructions the crown prince might have issued about the Khashoggi incident is not conclusive, the sources said.

"We're making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this ruthless action to silence Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence", he said. "This brutal murder of a journalist, of an innocent man, of a dissident, will not go without an American response and, I expect, without an worldwide response", US Vice President Mike Pence said at an event hosted by The Washington Post.

Riyadh's explanations on the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the country's consulate in Istanbul leave many questions unanswered, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said during the session.

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CIA Director Gina Haspel is reportedly in Turkey to assess the intelligence related to a crime that has galvanized the world's attention and cast a spotlight on the U.S. -Saudi relationship and the burgeoning role of Saudi money in American tech companies.

The U.S.is revoking visas of some of the Saudi Arabian officials involved in the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

"First, we should get all the facts", Portman said.

In a speech to parliament, Erdogan did not mention Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who some USA lawmakers suspect ordered the killing.

"I think that would be a logical conclusion", he said. "This kind of brutality is against the collective human conscience".

"Saudi Arabia took an important step by accepting the murder".

The newspaper said Mr Trump declined to say whether he believed the crown prince's denials.

Erdogan said Saudi teams made explorations in the city's Belgrad Forest and the northwestern province of Yalova before murdering Khashoggi. "I haven't gotten a full recap, as you know I have people in Turkey, and I have people in Saudi Arabia and other places, and they are all coming back as we speak, they are heading back. Who are these people receiving orders from?"

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