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

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

Turkish authorities have said they have an audio recording which indicates that Mr. Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.

A closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage shows prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul - the last time he was seen in public before his disappearance and alleged murder - to obtain identification documents while his Turkish fiancée (not pictured) waits outside in Turkey.

The new explanation, whatever its truth, seemed meant to ease the political crisis that Khashoggi's disappearance has created for Saudi Arabia. He made no remarks upon landing.

Soon after, Pompeo arrived at a royal palace, where King Salman greeted him.

Crude prices have surged over the last few months after the USA chose to re-impose sanctions on Iran, a major oil producer, leaving Saudi-led Opec and members of a global oil pact with the task to replace lost Iranian barrels as countries boycott Tehran for fear of falling afoul of Washington.

Mr Khashoggi appeared regularly on Arab talk shows and moved to Washington past year.

Trump said on Monday he had spent about 20 minutes on the phone with King Salman, who denied having any information about what had happened to Khashoggi.

That frustrated US intelligence and diplomatic officials, who anxious that the Turks were citing the evidence as leverage to get loans from the Saudis.

Pelosi then questioned whether Trump put personal profit ahead of country in the case of Khashoggi - whom the Saudis are reportedly about to admit was killed in a botched interrogation.

"Been hearing the ridiculous "rogue killers" theory was where the Saudis would go with this", Sen. But all I can say is that we are monitoring the situation. On Monday, however, USA media noted that the Saudis might be considering revising their original position of deniability and might soon consent to the admission that Khashoggi died during an interrogation that 'went wrong'.

However, left unsaid was the fact that any decision in the ultraconservative kingdom rests exclusively with the ruling Al Saud family.

Mr. Khashoggi, a USA resident, Washington Post columnist and leading critic of the powerful Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul nearly two weeks ago to get marriage documents.

Prince Mohammed, 33, a son of King Salman, consolidated his control in June 2017 when he was named Crown Prince to replace his cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was sacked.




"We also want the United States, France, and Britain to impose military and economic sanctions against the Saudi regime", its chairman SM Mohamed Idris said in a statement.

According to that reported claim, the crown prince had approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but the intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself. The U.S. news network cited two unnamed sources.

Saudi officials have not answered repeated requests for comment over recent days from The Associated Press. Under the Vienna Convention, diplomatic posts are technically foreign soil that must be protected and respected by host countries.

How was the consulate search conducted?

Azzam Tamimi, an Islamist friend of Khashoggi, called the "rogue" theory "disastrous" for the credibility of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

The Saudi team left about 45 minutes after the Turkish personnel.

The Turkish inspection team included a prosecutor, a deputy prosecutor, anti-terror police and forensic experts, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

What evidence Turkish officials gathered at the consulate remains unknown.

Mr. Trudeau also said talk of Canadian sanctions on Saudi Arabia is premature.

The Foreign Ministry official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations.

The journalist was a one-time Saudi royal family insider turned critic who left the nation a year ago and began writing pieces for The Washington Post. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman, who is next in line to the throne. Prince Mohammed told Reuters past year that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom. The uncertainty regarding Mr Khashoggi's fate has also led to a number of business executives like Virgin's Richard Branson and JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon as well as media partners withdrawing from an upcoming investment conference in Riyadh this month. Several organisations and individuals have announced that they will not attend the mega summit in Saudi Arabia as a mark of protest.

Pompeo was greeted at the airport by officials including Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Khaled bin Salman.

The oil exchange is a mechanism that attempts to sidestep the US sanctions, which are being reimposed following the USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal, by allowing private companies to buy the crude at auction in Tehran and then resell it privately on the open market.

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