Jamal Khashoggi's son leaves Saudi Arabia, US praises decision

Arturo Kim
October 28, 2018

Condemning the media coverage of Khashoggi's killing as "hysterical", Jubeir rejected a call from Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish president, to try the 18 suspects in Turkey, stressing that they would be "held accountable" on Saudi soil.

According to Turkish officials, the audio allegedly reveals Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured, killed and dismembered after he entered the consulate on October 2.

The journalist's body has still not been found, and Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor is now saying that Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated".

"Such childish statements do not go hand in hand with statesmanship", said Erdogan, again urging Saudi Arabia to turn over 18 suspects that the kingdom said it had arrested and would punish for the crime.

Saudi Arabia has changed its story a number of times when trying to explain what happened to the Washington Post columnist who disappeared during a visit to its consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork he needed to remarry.

While taking about the possibility of women wrestling in Saudi Arabia, Rousey noted that she thinks there will be demand to see female performers if WWE really takes off in the area. The U.S. has hoped Saudi Arabia can help counter Tehran's influence in the Middle East.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis warned a Middle East forum on Saturday that the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul "must concern us all greatly".

Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vanished at Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

He had gone to the Instanbul consulate in search of documents that would prove he had divorced his previous wife to allow him to marry his new Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

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The long-planned event has been the focus of greater scrutiny this year after the killing of Khashoggi, with Jubeir questioned about how the case would affect Saudi Arabia's credibility on foreign policy and security matters. The Saudi leadership has pushed responsibility down the chain of command.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been an ally of the Western countries since the beginning of the third Saudi state in the 1930s".

The murder has sparked global outrage and mushroomed into a crisis for the world's top oil exporting country and Prince Mohammed, the kingdom's de facto ruler.

It has also emerged that security cameras were disabled one hour before Mr Khashoggi entered the building, reported Turkish newspaper Yenisafak.

Mr Trump described Mr Khashoggi's murder as "one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups".

He said that since coming into office, President Trump since coming into office has been protecting United States allies, a foreign policy which the Saudi FM described as both "rational and realistic".

In a furious opinion piece published last night, Turki al-Dakhil, general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel, warned the U.S. "will stab its own economy to death" if it tried to impose sanctions.

It's therefore in Trump's interest for the Khashoggi's murder to remain shrouded in mystery - at least until the elections are over.

Mattis told the conference that more measures would follow.

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