Saudi king removes top officials as probe shows Khashoggi died

Saudi king removes top officials as probe shows Khashoggi died

Turkey has vowed to reveal all details about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after Saudi Arabia admitted for the first time he had been killed in its consulate in Istanbul.

Activists, members of the Human Rights Association Istanbul branch, holding posters with photos of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, talk to members of the media, during a protest in his support near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, October 9, 2018.

Democratic rep for Texas said Congress should open investigation into whether Kushner (second left) or another admin official shared United States intelligence with Saudis.

On Friday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a "prompt, thorough and transparent investigation" into Khashoggi's death.

The results of the investigation could potentially ease strains the case has created between the kingdom and the United States.

Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo earlier in the week to Riyadh, where the top U.S. diplomat praised the Saudis for conducting a probe and called for the two nations to maintain a close alliance for the sake of business deals and their shared opposition to Iran.

Shortly before the announcement, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman agreed over a phone conversation to continue cooperation in the investigation.


In an off-record interview to Newsweek magazine prior to his death - which was published on Saturday - Khashoggi described Qahtani and another Saudi top official Turki al-Sheikh as "thuggish".

Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting Khashoggi's murder inside the consulate. Maybe they all fell off in the fist fight. "The brawl led to his death and their attempt to conceal and hide what happened".

Saudi has not yet named any of their suspects. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri.

The crown prince has painted himself as the face of a vibrant new kingdom, diversifying its economy away from oil and introducing some social changes.

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The White House said it was "saddened" to learn of Khashoggi's fate, but US President Donald Trump said the Saudi explanation of his death was "credible".

"I would prefer, if there is going to be some form of sanction or what we may determine to do, if anything. that we don't use as retribution cancelling $110 billion worth of work, which means 600,000 jobs", he said during a visit to Arizona, referring to a major arms deal with the kingdom.


Trump then seemed to give Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt, suggesting "rogue killers" may have been to blame and criticizing a growing view that this was a case of state murder.

"To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement", said Republican US Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump ally who has been sharply critical of Saudi Arabia over the incident.

Khashoggi was not a royal but was well-known to the high-powered family.

The king has ordered the formation of a ministerial committee headed by the crown prince to restructure the general intelligence agency, state media said on Friday.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was a resolution concerning the journalist's death and is an extension of the Kingdom's commitment to consolidating justice.

Saudi Arabia said Khashoggi, who disappeared after visiting the consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, died in a "fistfight" with Saudi officials.


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