Turkey set to blame those 'responsible' for journalist's alleged death

Saul Bowman
October 24, 2018

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In his comments to reporters, Pompeo said he also stressed the "longstanding strategic relationship" between the US and Saudi Arabia. Trump has repeatedly said he doesn't want to take any actions that could imperil a litany of arms sales to Riyadh that could total $110 billion. NPR's Michele Kelemen has more.

Saudi Arabia early Saturday announced the sacking of a top intelligence official as it declared the results of its internal investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The missing Saudi journalist and US resident Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Arabia admitted in a dead-of-night statement from a prosecutor early Saturday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the Trump administration will consider a "wide range" of responses if it is determined that Saudi leaders or officials played a role in the alleged murder of USA - based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

POMPEO: There are lots of stories out there about what has happened. "We're just going to allow the process to move forward".

"They said, 'We have audio on this".

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he will decide Thursday whether or not he will attend the conference. That decision was long overdue, says Senator Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont.

Sawers told the BBC that "I don't think he would have done this if he hadn't thought he had license from the USA administration to frankly behave as he wished to do so".

KELEMEN: Leahy was among a bipartisan group of senators calling on the administration to impose human rights sanctions on anyone involved in Khashoggi's disappearance. The Saudis have lied to us in the past about their war crimes in Yemen. They've caused thousands of civilian casualties.


Vice-president Mike Pence said earlier in Colorado that "the world deserves answers" about what happened to Mr Khashoggi, "and those who are responsible need to be held to account". Let's say enough is enough.

Jamal Khashoggi was a contributing writer for the Washington Post and lived in the United States.

He said Turkey has "an abysmal record" in treating its own journalists as does Saudi Arabia.

Investigators have already conducted two searches of the consulate and a nine-hour search of the consul's residence this week.

Khashoggi went missing more than two weeks ago after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage.

"I think it's tough".

KELEMEN: Several human rights groups are calling for a United Nations investigation.

In statements to BBC Radio, he said: "Part of our reaction will depend on the Saudi reaction, and whether we sense that they are taking it as seriously as we are taking it".

Saudi state television reported on Friday night that a primary investigation into the Washington Post columnist's disappearance found he died after a fight broke out in the consulate in Turkey. "We know all the details about what transpired, '" said Kislakci.

The spokeswoman encouraged authorities to work together on the investigation and said Australia's weapons exports complied with worldwide obligations and legislated assessments of human rights, national security and other concerns.

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