King Salman, MbS tour Saudi Arabia as Khashoggi crisis rages overseas

Saul Bowman
November 8, 2018

Per Turkish media, that was just a cover: The Sabah newspaper reports the chemist and toxicologist were actually tasked with ridding the consulate of any crime-scene evidence prior to Turkish authorities being given the OK to search the place on October 15.

Beginning October 12, the two men visited the consulate regularly for a week, the paper reported.

Saudi Arabia insisted at the UN Monday that its investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be "fair", amid a barrage of criticism from countries over the brutal murder.

Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and then dismembered in the consulate, Turkish officials have told Middle East Eye, and a senior aide to Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said on Friday that the journalist's body had been dissolved in acid.

Saudi authorities denied ordering his death, but admitted that the journalist, who fled the country previous year, died in an altercation with several men inside the consulate building, in what Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir described as a "rogue operation". Saudi Arabia has detained 18 Saudi nationals in connection with Khashoggi's death, but Aiban gave no details on their status or whereabouts.

The official confirmed a report in Turkey's Sabah newspaper that an 11-member team of Saudi investigators that arrived in Turkey nine days after Khashoggi was killed to take part in a joint Turkish-Saudi probe included experts on chemistry and toxicology who were reportedly charged with obfuscating the evidence.

We should be standing up for Badawi, who is as much a Saudi-Canadian as Khashoggi was Saudi-American.

"Another question is where the body is".

The kingdom's public prosecutor, Saud al-Mojeb, later said that the journalist was killed in a premeditated attack.

Turkish and Saudi officials have carried out joint inspections of the consulate and consul's residence, but Mr. Erdogan says some Saudi officials are still trying to cover up the crime. "All of these need to be looked at".

Khashoggi's sons voiced worry that the work of their father, a columnist for The Washington Post, was being distorted for political reasons.

No trace of Khashoggi's remains has turned up, even as the 59-year-old journalist's sons appealed on the US television news network CNN on Sunday for the Saudis to return his body so he can be buried in the major Islamic pilgrimage city of Medina with the rest of his family.

The murder has tainted the global image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - the king's 33-year-old son and heir apparent - even though the kingdom strongly denies he was involved.

Saudi King Salman embarked on an unprecedented domestic tour on Tuesday, an official said, as the country grapples with an worldwide crisis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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