Saudi mulling over admission that journalist was killed in botched abduction

Oscar Cross
October 16, 2018

How was the consulate search conducted?

For two weeks Riyadh has denied any involvement in the silencing of the prominent critic who failed to re-emerge from the building after an appointment to finalise divorce proceedings so that he could marry his Turkish fiancée. Earlier Monday, a cleaning crew with mops, trash bags and what appeared to be bottles of bleach walked in past waiting journalists.

A demonstrator dressed as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman protests outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2018.

The president provided no evidence to back his comment, but said that during a phone call the Saudi King had firmly denied knowing what had happened to Mr Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, has gone missing since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Khashoggi's alleged murder at the hands of Saudi operatives - something the kingdom has vehemently denied - is just the latest in a series of events raising the temperature of the kingdom's diplomatic relationship with many Western nations.

She asks why the unconfirmed murder of one journalist has upset the mainstream press far more than Saudi Arabia's war on Yemen, which has resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands, and the displacement of millions. "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers".

Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it would retaliate against any sanctions imposed over the Khashoggi's disappearance after Trump threatened "severe punishment" if the writer was found to be a victim of a state-sponsored killing. Also, the European Union Foreign Affairs Council will discuss the case, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said yesterday.

Freeland, who had been criticized by the NDP for not issuing her own statement on the matter (she instead retweeted one by the French, German and United Kingdom foreign ministers), read a statement to reporters in the foyer of the Commons after question period.

"We are going to try to get to the bottom of this very soon".

"The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, [and] that the Kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy", it continued. The Arabic-language daily Okaz wrote a headline yesterday in English warning: "Don't Test Our Patience". It showed a clenched fist made of a crowd of people in the country's green colour.

However, the White House brushed aside the Saudi threats, pledging a "swift, open, transparent investigation" into the journalist's disappearance. Speaking on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday, Trump said that he didn't "want to hurt jobs" at contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.

Trump has said he probably will not cancel a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudi government because that could unnecessarily harm the U.S.

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