Trump warned not help 'cover-up' of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder

Ann Santiago
October 30, 2018

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister appeared to reject that notion in remarks on Saturday, saying the kingdom would try the perpetrators and bring them to justice after the investigation is completed.

Under mounting worldwide pressure, Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing several times, only recently acknowledging that Turkish evidence shows it was premeditated.

Khashoggi, a onetime Saudi insider and USA resident who lived in self-imposed exile for nearly a year before his death, had written critically of the crown prince in columns for the Washington Post.

In a speech this past week, Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia to extradite any suspects for a trial in Turkey.

The chief executive of Europe's biggest bank HSBC said on Monday that Saudi Arabia is unlikely to see significant impact on its foreign trade and investment flows. "As an insider to the Saudi regime, Khashoggi had also been close to the former head of the intelligence agency.He was an Islamist, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, and someone who befriended Osama Bin Laden and had been sympathetic to his Jihad in Afghanistan", said Tom Wilson of the Henry Jackson Society think tank.

In a rare outburst against his EU allies, Mr Macron on Friday dismissed as "demagoguery" the calls by several European countries including Germany to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the murder of Mr Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Cengiz criticised the response to Khashoggi's death from some countries and singled out Donald Trump for criticism, saying she feared the U.S. president was "paving the way for a cover-up".

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Saturday said the global outcry and media focus on the killing had become "fairly hysterical".


Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, speaks during a memorial event for her fiancee in London.

She added, "President Trump should not pave the way for a coverup".

In a show of co-operation, top Saudi and Turkish prosecutors have discussed the investigation into the killing.

"I met him a week before his death", Khashoggi's friend, who the paper said was a Middle Eastern academic who wished to remain anonymous, was quoted to have said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has urged Riyadh to disclose who ordered the murder and prosecutors have prepared an extradition request for 18 suspects from Saudi Arabia.

When asked why MI6 did not alert its intelligence partner the USA, the source said "a decision was taken that we'd done what we could".

The U.S.is raising pressure on Saudi Arabia to wind down its political and economic isolation of Qatar, according to three people familiar with the effort, as the kingdom continues to be buffeted by its role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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