Friday, 16 November, 2018

Saudis preparing to acknowledge journalist died after interrogation 'went wrong'

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Cristina Norman | 16 October, 2018, 12:59

One of the sources acknowledged that the report is still being prepared and cautioned that things could change.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on October 2.

Journalist work in front of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. But, he said, the Saudi intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself in secretive operations.

The disappearance in Turkey earlier this month of a Saudi journalist critical of Riyadh has provoked an worldwide outcry against the oil-rich kingdom, which has rattled its financial markets.

"There's something really bad and disgusting about that if that were the case", he said, referring to allegations by Turkish authorities that Saudi Arabia was involved. Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. They provided no further details.

The search came almost two weeks after Khashoggi, a Saudi critic, vanished after entering the building.

"The Kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures, or repeating false accusations." the official Saudi Press Agency quoted an unnamed government source as saying.

"I sounded to me like maybe there could have been rogue killers - who knows", Trump told reporters at the White House.

But US senators have triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act requiring the president to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for a gross human rights violation.

The government, Conservatives, and NDP all expressed their shared concerns about Khashoggi's disappearance and suspected death.

"He may go to Turkey".

Investigators entered the building in Istanbul on Monday afternoon - first a Saudi team followed roughly an hour later by Turkish forensic police. Permission apparently came after a late Sunday-night call between King Salman and the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Reports suggest an assault and struggle took place in the consulate after Mr Khashoggi went to get paperwork for his forthcoming marriage.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told his Turkish counterpart Khashoggi's disappearance remains "deeply concerning". Prince Mohammed told Reuters a year ago that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

The Turkish crime scene investigation team of around 10 people left the consulate before 5 am (0200 GMT) after completing a search early on October 16.

The Saudi consulate referred Reuters to authorities in Riyadh, who did not respond to questions about the 15 Saudis.

USA politicians have backed the call for tough punitive action against the Saudis, while Germany, France and Britain have jointly called for a "credible investigation" into his disappearance.

The America-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared in early October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The interrogation was meant to lead to his abduction from Turkey, the news channel said citing two unnamed sources.

JP Morgan CEO James Dimon and Ford chairman Bill Ford said on Sunday they would also not attend. An Endeavor spokesman declined to comment on the report.

Relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada are already strained after Ms. Freeland publicly urged Riyadh to immediately release activists from prison this past summer. The incident has resulted in a global outrage and more so in the United States as he lived here as a legal permanent resident and worked for The Washington Post.

The Stephen Harper government brokered a massive combat-vehicle sale to Saudi Arabia before the Trudeau government took power in 2015.

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