White House says ‘saddened’ to hear Khashoggi’s death

20 October, 2018, 13:00 | Author: Carlos George
  • Khashoggi died in fight at consulate, admits Saudi Arabia

Turkish officials say the journalist was ambushed by Saudi agents, murdered and his body dismembered, when he went to the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his marriage.

Initially the king, who has handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to his son, commonly known as MbS, was unaware of the extent of the crisis, according to two of the sources with knowledge of the Saudi royal court.

Congressman Jim Costa said that he is appalled by the reports that Saudi officials were involved in the death of Khashoggi.

Trump also called Saudi Arabia a "great ally".

Saudi King Salman ordered the formation of a ministerial committee, which Crown Prince Mohammed will head, to restructure the general intelligence agency, according to SPA.

"The level of detail is very damning of the hit squad, and [their reported identities] show how close they are to the crown prince".

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.

This is the latest claim made by the kingdom, which earlier said Khashoggi had left the consulate alive and well.

None of the Saudi statements give any clue as to what happened to Khashoggi's remains. "I do." He hailed the new information as a good "first step".

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"As we learn more details of Khashoggi's disappearance, the USA must send a clear message that we will not condone such reprehensible behaviour that goes against our American values".

A USA government source said U.S. intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced of Prince Mohammed's culpability in the operation against Khashoggi, which they believe resulted in his death.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the White House said it is "saddened" to know about the Khashoggi's death.

In a statement Friday night, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the US will closely follow global investigations into Khashoggi's death and will advocate for justice that is "timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process".

Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, went missing after entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.

On Thursday, the Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak, citing what it described as an audio recording of Mr Khashoggi's slaying, said the squad immediately accosted the journalist after he entered the consulate, cutting off his fingers and later decapitating him.

The disappearance of Khashoggi has provoked global criticism of Saudi Arabia's de-facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and convulsed the kingdom as it struggles to respond to increasing worldwide pressure to explain the journalist's fate. "The results of the preliminary investigations also revealed that the discussions [between Khashoggi and the suspects] did not go as required and developed in a negative way [and] led to a fight and a quarrel [and] the brawl aggravated to lead to his death and their attempt to hide and cover what happened".

Saturday's comments marked the first time since Khashoggi went missing that the Saudis admitted to his death.

One of the vehicles travelled to the nearby Belgrade Forest while the other travelled to the city of Yalova, across the Sea of Marmara from Istanbul, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the secrecy of the ongoing investigation.

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