France Demands Exhaustive Investigation In Jamal Khashoggi's Death

Calvin Saunders
October 21, 2018

He said doing nothing would set a unsafe precedent and global norms and conventions would "go out the window", if Saudi Arabia wasn't held to account.

Earlier in the week, The New York Times reported that Khashoggi was beheaded and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate, citing audio recordings provided by an unnamed senior Turkish official.

In a statement published on the state Saudi Press Agency, an unidentified Saudi official said: "The preliminary investigations conducted by the Public Prosecution showed that the suspect [s] had travelled to Istanbul to meet with the citizen Jamal Khashoggi as there were indications of the possibility of his returning back to the country". They expect transparency and more answers from Riyadh about the circumstances surrounding the suspicious death, widely painted in media reports as a gruesome murder.

Trump said he found the explanation credible.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to uncover the truth behind Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing, sources close to the Turkish leader have told Middle East Eye, as worldwide outrage over Riyadh's most recent explanation grows. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, said on Twitter.

The Saudi Foreign Ministry said on October 19 that Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident who fell out with the reigning monarchy, was also a columnist for the Washington Post. She raised the alarm just before 5 p.m, while still waiting outside.

The Saudi statement made no mention of what had become of body of Khashoggi, a Saudi national who was a United States resident.

Amnesty's director of campaigns for the Middle East, Samah Hadid, said the Saudi version of events can not be trusted. What happened next is less clear: the Saudi statement says the group of officials involved in the journalist's death covered up the aftermath, but makes no mention of what happened to his body.

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A number of lower officials were also relieved of their posts. "It was a good first step", Trump said of the move. "What happened is unacceptable".

President Donald Trump said $450 billion in investments are at stake as Congress raises pressure on him to punish Saudi Arabia for the presumed death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and he promised to involve lawmakers in any USA response.

"We're seeing a lot of countries taking now a much more dim view of their business relationship with Saudi Arabia", MacKay said.

So far the government has not commented. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who today reiterated his call for a reevaluation of the U.S. -Saudi relationship, including putting an end to military cooperation with and arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Members of Congress could put pressure on the White House to act more firmly. Sen. The Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the investigation "demonstrates the Kingdom's keenness and commitment to finding the truth of this incident".

He also noted high-ranking Turkish officials have pledged to prevent a "cover-up". But critics believe the complex scheme that led to Khashoggi's death could not have occurred without the knowledge of Mohammed bin Salman, the 33-year-old crown prince whose early promises of sweeping reform are being eclipsed by concerns that he is an impulsive, even sinister figure.

A security guard stands behind barriers blocking the road leading to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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