Published: Tue, October 16, 2018

Saudis 'to admit to killing journalist in interrogation that went wrong'

Saudis 'to admit to killing journalist in interrogation that went wrong'

Turkish crime scene investigators dressed in coveralls and gloves entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Monday, almost two weeks after the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi there.

Diplomatic pressure is growing on the Saudis to give a fuller explanation.

Turkish officials now believe Khashoggi was most likely tortured and killed inside the consulate and then dismembered and his remains smuggled out of the building. He entered the consulate alone and never came out.

Endeavor is exploring the possibility of backing out of its $400 million deal with the Saudi Public Investment Fund, Variety has confirmed.

Saudi flags, photos of the king and crown prince looking stern, and pro-Saudi hashtags were making the rounds on social media Monday with a common theme: Saudi Arabia and its ruling family are a "red line".

The Saudis launched an internal investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi earlier on Monday.

Saudi Arabia was supposed to be a fee bonanza for Wall Street.

"The Saudi-led war in Yemen has become the world's largest humanitarian disaster".


USA lawmakers also have threatened tough punitive action against the Saudis if found responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance. And Britain, France and Germany said they were treating the case with "the utmost seriousness". The New York Times reported that a top forensic and autopsy expert was among those who traveled to Turkey.

"Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen, '" tweeted Trump.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer. I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!" "I mean, who knows?"

The king, Trump reported, suggested it could have been "rogue killers".

Flake said if the Saudis did, in fact, kill Khashoggi, Congress might specifically curtail United States military aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen. Saudi Arabia was his first foreign trip as president.

The head of JP Morgan, Jamie Dimon, is one of the latest high-profile executives to pull out. Executive Chairman Bill Ford. SoftBank was down over 7 per cent in trading on Tokyo's stock exchange. Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor, an influential United Arab Emirates tycoon, called for an Arab boycott of all USA firms who have withdrawn from the conference.

"Together we must prove we will not be bullied or else, mark my words, once they have finished kicking the kingdom, we will be next in line", al-Habtoor said.

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