Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Markets | By Jeffery Armstrong

Saudi Crown Prince says journalist's killing was a 'heinous crime'

Saudi Crown Prince says journalist's killing was a 'heinous crime'

On Wednesday, Britain joined the revoking visas of those suspected of killing the 59-year-old Khashoggi, while the United States and several Western governments weigh further action against Riyadh, including possibly cutting off arms sales.

The Turkish president called on Saudi Arabia to hold those responsible to account in a dramatic speech to Parliament.

"The incident that happened is very painful, for all Saudis ..."

Erdogan told Turkish lawmakers that "Saudi Arabia has taken an important step by admitting the murder. Somebody really messed up", he said.

"They had a very bad original concept", Trump said.

Mr Trump did not give his views on who was ultimately responsible. (PA) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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Mr Erdogan himself kept up his pressure on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The kingdom first denied any involvement in the disappearance, but amid mounting worldwide pressure, acknowledged that he had been killed at the consulate in a rogue operation.

Mnuchin also met with Mohammed bin Salman at a time when the investigation into the journalist's murder was already ongoing. Mr Erdogan stopped short of mentioning the crown prince who some USA lawmakers suspect ordered the killing.

The Trump administration has still taken a wait-and-see approach in determining what to do in light of the Khashoggi situation, even after the Saudis admitted that he died in their consulate, after first insisting that he walked out alive.

In addition to the arrests, the Saudis say they have sacked two of the crown prince's aides and set up an organisation, under his leadership, to reform the intelligence agency over the killing. It was not clear what was in the suitcases.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman separately said that the killing of the Washington Post columnist will not "drive a wedge" between the kingdom and Turkey.

"The President said that he asked the Crown Prince "'Where did it start?' And he said it started at lower levels". He also said he would let Congress decide how to proceed on the matter. "We knew that if we wanted to tackle sustainability we needed wind in our sails".

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The Turks claim to have audio recordings proving Mr Khashoggi was murdered by the Saudi hit squad, containing details of the grisly murder and dismemberment of the Wall Street Journal writer.

Khashoggi was often critical of the Saudi government in his reporting, which led Saudi leadership to restrict the movements of his family, the editor said.

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October the second. He was told he would need to return later to collect the documents.

On the same day, another team of Saudi officials from the consulate carry out a reconnaissance of Belgrade Forest in Istanbul and the northwestern province of Yalova. The whereabouts of Khashoggi's corpse still remain unknown. They then destroy the consulate's camera system's hard disc, Erdogan says.

"Covering up a savage murder like this will only hurt the human conscience".

She said the High Court ruled a year ago that British arms exports to Saudi were legal, but noted that Britain kept all licenses "under review". We have to develop our own data set. Consulate personnel were given the day off. The US, Britain and others have described the explanation as not credible and demanded answers backed up by facts.

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