Saudi account of Khashoggi's death meets growing scepticism

Ann Santiago
October 22, 2018

The Saudi foreign minister offered his condolences to the family of Khashoggi and said the death was a "tremendous mistake".

"This is a awful mistake, this is a bad tragedy". This is a awful tragedy.

"I think his behavior is way outside civilized norms, and I will never go back as long as he's there", the senator said.

"We can feel their pain and we wish this didn't happen and I wish that this could have been avoided", he said.

"I don't think it's credible", Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC, adding there was a "serious question mark over the account that has been given".

Jubeir stated that conflicting reports on Mr Khashoggi's movement in Istanbul had prompted a Saudi probe, adding that they are 'determined to uncover every stone'.

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2.

No CCTV footage showed him ever exiting the building and he was declared a missing person.

On Friday, the kingdom acknowledged for the first time that Khashoggi was killed inside the complex in what the government characterized as a fistfight gone off the rails.

He said he had no reason to believe that Saudi Arabia would renege on commitments to make up for any shortfall in global oil supplies as Iranian oil exports are curbed under the sanctions.

The overnight announcement in Saudi State media also said a royal court adviser close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was sacked along with three leaders in the kingdom's intelligence services and other officials.

Turkish police and prosecutors this week searched both the consulate as well as the consul's residence in Istanbul.

'He was killed in the consulate.

Earlier in the day, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said "full light needs to be shed" on the incident.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned the killing "in the strongest terms", calling the explanations given of the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's death "inadequate". "I believe that when the investigation is over, and the facts are revealed, and people know who was responsible, and see those individuals punished, and procedures put in place to prevent this from happening [again], the relationship will weather this", he said.

'We thus stress that more efforts are needed and expected towards establishing the truth in a comprehensive, transparent and credible manner.

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