Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind Khashoggi disappearance

16 October, 2018, 13:58 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • Jamal Khashoggi

Meanwhile, Trump dispatched the U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to Riyadh to meet King Samlan.

Turkish officials said that a Saudi hit squad killed Mr. Khashoggi and dismembered his body to smuggle it out of the country.

During the initial consulate search, CNN reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia was preparing to acknowledge Khashoggi's death in a botched interrogation, after denying for two weeks any role in his disappearance.

Possible US sanctions against Saudi Arabia could "unleash a wild bull [run] on oil prices", said Iman Nasseri, managing director, Middle East at London-based Facts Global Energy.

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he was aware of the report but did not know if it was correct.

Saudi officials have repeatedly denied any knowledge of the journalist's whereabouts, but Turkish officials claim they have evidence to prove the Saudi dissident was killed while inside the consulate.

Pompeo was greeted at the airport by officials including Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Khaled bin Salman.

There are already calls, most notably on Monday by Bahrain's top diplomat and UAE businessmen to boycott United States companies like Uber whose chief executive pulled out of the upcoming Saudi investment conference.

While organisers said Monday the conference will go on, the Saudis cancelled an annual diplomatic reception in Washington set for later this week. They provided no further details.

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Turkish and Saudi crime investigators probing the Washington Post contributor's disappearance left the Saudi consulate after a nine-hour search on Tuesday.

Prince Mohammed, 33, a son of King Salman, consolidated his control in June 2017 when he was named Crown Prince to replace his cousin, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who was sacked.

"Been hearing the ridiculous "rogue killers" theory was where the Saudis would go with this", Sen. That potentially offers the USA -allied kingdom a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm. Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump for using the term "rogue killers".

"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", he said.

Trump called his top diplomat on Sunday night and asked him to have face-to-face meetings with the Saudi leaders, according to State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert. Turkey's private DHA news agency said the Saudi consul's office was among the rooms searched.

Reporters waiting outside the consulate in Istanbul's Levent district said early October 16 that Turkish crime scene investigators turned off all the lights and surveyed the interior of the Saudi consulate with a special blue light used in forensics probes.

October 11: The Washington Post, which Khashoggi writes for, reports the Turkish government told USA officials that it had audio and video recordings proving Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Presidential aide Ibrahim Kalın announced last week that a joint team would be formed to investigate the disappearance of Khashoggi upon the kingdom's request.

Trump previously warned of "severe punishment" for the kingdom if it was found to be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance, which has spooked investors in Saudi Arabia and SoftBank, a Japanese firm that manages tens of billions of dollars for the kingdom. European allies have urged "a credible investigation" and accountability for those responsible.

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