Published: Sun, October 21, 2018

Saudi king removes top officials as probe shows Khashoggi died

Saudi king removes top officials as probe shows Khashoggi died

The Amnesty International human rights organization called for a "neutral and independent" UN-led investigation into the killing of Khashoggi, while the Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontiers, or RSF) non-governmental organization said it had expected "a determined, constant and powerful pressure to be kept on Saudi Arabia in order to get the whole truth on the case". The monarch also relieved deputy intelligence chief General Ahmed al-Assiri of his duties and ordered the formation of a committee headed by Prince Mohammed to restructure the intelligence agency.

An argument between Khashoggi and men who met him inside the consulate on October 2 escalated into "a fistfight that led to his death", the prosecutor said.

On what basis has the blame been put on the 18 Saudi nationals who have been detained - what is the evidence against them?

Khashoggi was a leading critic of the Saudi leadership and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and had previously warned Middle Eastern governments had been "given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate".

Saudi Arabia is the UK's key ally in the region and also a significant trading partner.

Khashoggi, a prominent journalist and royal court insider for decades in Saudi Arabia, had written columns for The Washington Post critical of Prince Mohammed and the kingdom's direction while living in self-imposed exile in the U.S.

Several of the 15 Saudi suspects who were in Istanbul when Khashoggi went missing have close links to Saudi Arabia's security forces.

"Let the whole world watch the funeral of Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in a dark room in a horrific manner".

It called on Saudi authorities to produce Khashoggi's body so that independent forensic experts could perform an autopsy. Bob Corker (Tenn.), is the belief that the crown prince can salvage Kushner's stalled peace plan between Israelis and Palestinians.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the Khashoggi's disappearance during an interview Friday with VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren.

Saudi Arabia's statement in the early hours of Saturday morning came after more than two weeks of global pressure to explain Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and came after President Trump dispatched his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo to Riyadh to discuss the case.

"Journalism and journalists are so fundamentally important to our democracy", Singh said.

President Donald Trump has said that the consequences for the Saudis "will have to be very severe" if they are found to have killed him, but has insisted that more facts must be known before making assumptions.

The episode had threatened to create a diplomatic crisis with the USA, which sees its alliance with Riyadh as the cornerstone of its West Asia policy, and Turkey, which has tenuous ties with Saudi Arabia.

Also Saturday, a senior official in Turkey's ruling party said Ankara would "never allow a cover-up" of Khashoggi's killing.

According to Anadolu, Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, "It is out of the question for us to share this or that information with any country".

"To say that I am sceptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr Khashoggi is an understatement", he said.

Some U.S. lawmakers were unconvinced by the Saudi account.

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