Muslim scholar: Bin Salman is a ‘crazy thug’ who ordered Khashoggi’s murder

Andrew Cummings
October 27, 2018

Saudi Arabia initially claimed Mr Khashoggi left freely after visiting the consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to complete paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

"We continue to view as achievable the twin imperative of protecting America and holding accountable those responsible for the killing of Mr. Khashoggi", Mr Pompeo said.

"We are determined not to allow the murder to be covered up and for those responsible - from the person who gave the order to those who executed it - not to escape justice", he said.

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.

Turkish investigators suspect that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in a planned operation.

Faced with mounting worldwide censure, bin Salman appeared relaxed and occasionally joked as he shared the stage with Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad Hariri and Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain will ban suspects in the Khashoggi killing from entering Britain. But he called into question the ability of Saudi authorities to investigate the killing, saying the investigation needed to be carried out by an independent authority without the suspicion of any connection to the culprits.

As the shocking revelations mount, Turkey is pushing Saudi Arabia for more detail. "This is at [King Salman's] discretion but this is my suggestion".

Erdogan spoke to Prince Mohammed on Wednesday and the two discussed the steps needed to bring to light all aspects of the killing of Khashoggi, a presidential source said. "If his body was given to a local collaborator, who is he?"

This admission comes shortly after CIA Director Gina Haspel visited Turkey and reportedly listened to an audio recording of the journalist being interrogated and killed, according to The Washington Post .

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that the Saudi official will meet Turkish prosecutors during his visit. Until now, media have been updated with a steady stream of reports by anonymous Turkish officials.

His Majesty and the Saudi Crown Prince also attended part of a session of the Future Investment Initiative 2018 conference, on the future of technology. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview with CNN.

Mr Trump told the "Journal" he wanted to believe the prince when he said that lower level officials were to blame for the killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

A statement from Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb attributed the conclusion about a calculated killing, one of the initial findings of a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation, to information from Turkish counterparts. Saudi authorities have arrested 18 people as part of an investigation into the case.

After days of denying any knowledge of his whereabouts, Saudi officials last week admitted that Khashoggi was killed in a "brawl" at the consulate. "What we heard from Saudi Arabia so far is by no means sufficient", he said.

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