Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Audio recording emerges of 'murder' of Saudi journalist

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| 19 October, 2018, 16:41

Addressing reporters at the White House after his return to the U.S., Pompeo said he advised President Donald Trump to give Saudi Arabia "a few more days" to complete their investigation into the matter.

It says reports on Mr Khashoggi's death are "completely false and baseless" and that it is "open to co-operation" to find out what happened.

Turkish media claim authorities have audio that shows he was tortured and murdered in the building after a 15-man "hit squad" entered the country.

United States officials denied that the payment had anything to do with Pompeo's visit or Khashoggi, though a source told The New York Times that the timing of the deposit "was no coincidence".

However, a high-level Turkish official told the Associated Press on Tuesday that "certain evidence" of Khashoggi's murder was found in the consulate. Trump said, however, it was still "a little bit early" to draw definitive conclusions about who may have been behind it.

Ahead of Mr Trump's comments, the administration announced that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had pulled out of a major upcoming Saudi investment conference and a USA official said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had warned the Saudi crown prince that his credibility as a future leader was at stake.

"Of course, as a result of the investigation so far, Turkey does have some information and evidence", he said.

When asked about the consequences for those involved, Trump vowed they would be 'very severe'.

"I've seen no tape. But we'll see what happens", Trump told reporters when asked what would be the consequences of such an unfortunate incident.


"Given the reports surrounding Mr Khashoggi's disappearance, America's relationship with Saudi Arabia ought to be carefully scrutinised, as should any possible sale of United States weapons to Saudi Arabia", he said.

Saudi Arabia is reportedly one of several bidders vying for a stake in Denel, following government's intention to sell off a piece of the arms manufacturer. "We know all the details about what transpired, '" said Kislakci.

Fox Business' decision comes hours after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he would not attend the investor summit.

Earlier on Thursday, senior government ministers from France, Britain and the Netherlands also withdrew from the Riyadh conference, joining a list of global officials and business executives.

"They will conduct a complete, thorough investigation of all of the facts surrounding Mr. Khashoggi, and that they will do so in a timely fashion", he told reporters.

The statement said Saudi Arabia faced "crises and problems" because of "injustice and unfair policies that MBS is responsible for", using an acronym for the crown prince.

Turkish investigators have for a second time searched the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi disappeared, and also searched the consul's residence. Khashoggi refused, and was killed.

One of the vehicles travelled to the nearby Belgrade Forest while the other travelled to the city of Yalova, across the Sea of Marmara from Istanbul, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the secrecy of the ongoing investigation. A "farm house or villa" may have been used for the disposal of remains, the official said.

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