Saudi crown prince may be behind Khashoggi death: Donald Trump

Jamal Khashoggi – a fierce critic of Saudi’s human rights violations and of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies – disappeared after entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to complete the required paperwork for his marriage. (P
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25 October, 2018

Saudi Arabia's crown prince Wednesday denounced the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and vowed justice would prevail, without addressing U.S. accusations of a botched cover-up over the killing by the Gulf kingdom.

Trump has repeatedly declined to say if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind or aware of the killing as many USA officials and foreign governments have concluded, in part because numerous crown prince's associates were involved in the killing.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is revoking the visas of Saudis found to be involved in the killing of Khashoggi.

For Saudi Arabia's allies, the burning question has been whether they believe that Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability in the killing, a possibility raised by several USA lawmakers.

Trump for the first time also appeared to indicate Prince Mohammed may have had a role in the Khashoggi case, telling the Wall Street Journal: "Well, the prince is running things over there more.so if anybody were going to be, it would be him".

The Saudi government said on Tuesday that a 15-member squad was sent to take Khashoggi to a safehouse to try and convince him to go back to Saudi Arabia.

Speaking to members of his AK Party in parliament, Erdogan said that Saudi officials began plotting against Khashoggi in late September, days ahead of his disappearance after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

But he again declined to lay blame at the feet of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or his father, King Salman, saying he'd spoken to both of them and they denied any involvement.

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Saudi Arabia initially declared Mr Khashoggi had left the consulate unharmed.

He and the crown prince also met the writer's sons Sahel and Salah.

Earlier in the day, French government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Paris "would draw the necessary conclusions and impose appropriate sanctions" once the French intelligence services conclude "Saudi Arabia's responsibility has been proved".

The death of Khashoggi, a United States resident and Washington Post columnist, has sparked global outrage and threatened relations between Riyadh and Washington as well as with other Western nations.

"There are many inconsistencies and lies in what Saudi Arabia says, even a child will not trust them".

Should evidence emerge linking the crown prince to the crime, Washington, London and other western capitals will face the prospect of needing to punish their key ally in the Gulf.

She is expected to speak to King Salman, the head of Saudi Arabia's ruling family, later.

Security barriers are seen outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

The men suspected of murdering the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will not be allowed to enter the UK, Theresa May has said.


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