Khashoggi killing is one of the worst cover-ups: Donald Trump

Andrew Cummings
October 24, 2018

The latter outcome would benefit Turkey because the crown prince "is consciously and continuously pursuing strategies that work against Turkey", Han said.

Prince Mohammed, known as MbS, did not address the forum on Tuesday.

He added that President Trump would ultimately decide whether to impose economic sanctions on Saudi Arabia once all the facts were available, and called the killing "barbaric". The individual spoke on condition of anonymity to the AP news agency, fearing reprisal.

There was no way to corroborate the Saudi account, which paints the suspects as rogue operators.

Turkish officials earlier said they had recordings confirming that Khashoggi was tortured, killed, had his fingers cut off and was dismembered.

He is also a former editor of the Saudi newspaper al-Watan and had worked with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a grandson of the first Saudi king who was detained previous year as part of what the authorities said was an anti-corruption campaign.

In an interview with Bloomberg earlier in October, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: "We believe we will have an unbelievable deal in October, in two weeks from today".

Khashoggi was in Turkey for a scheduled visit to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage to a Turkish woman.

"Even if US President Trump saves (Mohammed bin) Salman, in the eyes of the world he is a questionable person with Khashoggi's blood on his hands", Cevik's column said.

"To blame such an incident on a handful of security and intelligence members would not satisfy us or the global community", Erdogan said in a speech to ruling party lawmakers in parliament. CIA Director Gina Haspel is now in Turkey and is expected to return Wednesday.

Crisis meetings have been held by the royal family to decide how far they must go to satisfy the worldwide mood of revulsion.

Before Erdogan's announcement, top Turkish officials said Turkey would clarify exactly what happened to Khashoggi as pressure increased on Saudi Arabia, which is hosting a glitzy investment conference this week that many dignitaries have made a decision to skip because of the scandal.

Instead, the two officials said, the operation with Khashoggi turned violent. However, he kept pressure on the kingdom with his demands for Turkish prosecution of the suspects as well as punishment for the plot's masterminds.

Khashoggi balked and asked if he was going to be kidnapped. Told he was going to be taken to a safe house, they say he started to yell for help. The event, which debuted past year with global business titans in attendance, has been overshadowed by Khashoggi's slaying and the worldwide outrage over it.

On the day Mr Khashoggi arrived for his appointment and was later killed, the hard disk in the consulate's camera system was removed, Mr Erdogan said.

Khashoggi's body was rolled up in some sort of material and taken away by the collaborator.

The Saudi authorities said last week that Khashoggi died in a "brawl" in its consulate. Turkish authorities have searched the locations, theorizing that Khashoggi's remains might have been disposed of there, but have not found his body.

The administration "will continue to hold those responsible accountable".

Turkish President Tayipp Erdogan is shedding light on his government's probe into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a columnist with the Washington Post, went missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2.

In September Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund agreed to invest more than $1 billion in Lucid as part of Saudi efforts to diversify the oil-dependent economy.

Worldwide business leaders have pulled out from attending the summit over the killing.

Manal Al-Sharif says "this is a new level the Saudi government is reaching", adding that people inside the kingdom "are so afraid to speak up".

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