Saudi Arabia likely to admit that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation

Saudi Arabia likely to admit that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation

Saudi Arabia is reportedly poised to acknowledge that Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government in Riyadh who often wrote for the Washington Post, was killed by them in Istanbul in an interrogation gone awry.

Saudi Arabia was preparing last night to admit that the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed accidentally in its custody, according to sources close to a joint inquiry with Turkey. "One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible", the news channel reported, cautioning that things could change as the report is still being prepared.

On Monday, the president tweeted that he "just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia" and said that the king "denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen'".

"If they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China or they're going to buy it from other countries", Trump said at a news conference on Saturday.

Such an acknowledgment would follow President Trump's suggestion yesterday after speaking with King Salman by phone that "rogue killers" appeared to have been behind Khashoggi's disappearance on a visit to his country's consulate in Istanbul.

Mr Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a U.S. resident, disappeared on 2 October after visiting the Saudi consulate.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and ambassador to Washington, Prince Khaled bin Salman, greeted Pompeo at the airport.

"BGR is no longer working for Saudi Arabia", said Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, president of BGR's public relations division. The president has said he doesn't want the Khashoggi matter to scuttle an arms deal with the Saudis.

Several organisations and individuals have announced that they will not attend the mega summit in Saudi Arabia as a mark of protest.

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Turkish officials say Khashoggi, 59, was killed when he entered the consulate and his body was removed from the country by a Saudi hit team that arrived in Turkey the same day.

Nobel Peace Prize victor Tawakkol Karman of Yemen talks during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey Oct 8, 2018.

Shortly after the cleaning crew entered the Saudi consulate, a team of investigators arrived in an unmarked police auto to begin an inspection of the building a full 13 days after Khashoggi entered to obtain marriage documents and never reemerged.

File Photo: Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London Britain, Sept 29, 2018.

They include the CEO of Uber, a company in which Saudi Arabia has invested billions of dollars; billionaire Richard Branson; JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive Jamie Dimon; and Ford Motor Co. cxecutive chair Bill Ford.

Trump's comments came after a telephone conversation with King Salman, father of the crown prince, the first such talks since the crisis erupted.

The defections could jeopardize the large feesglobalbanks and investment firms have been earning from the kingdom - and the promise of even bigger business if Saudi Arabia makes good on plans to privatize its oil industry and boost foreign investment in a variety of sectors.

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documents to marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

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