Egypt says actions "decisive and brave" by Saudi over missing journalist case

Posted October 22, 2018

The Saudis have laid out different versions of the circumstances that led to the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who was not seen after entering the consulate on Oct 2.

"This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had".

"He was killed in the consulate". "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up".

"The market started to price in a fundamentally different relationship between Saudi Arabia and the US", said Jaap Meijer, head of equity research, at Arqaam Capital. Turkish investigative agencies have said that he was brutally killed inside the consulate.

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Some US media reports said that Saudi Arabia is planning to come out with a repot in which it is expected to say that the interrogation of Khashoggi went wrong and was killed in the process.

The official also told ABC News that five Saudi intelligence chiefs, who were relieved of their duties in connection to Khashoggi's death, are not now suspects in the investigation, even though they were "part of the chain of command of the operation" and that "the operational orders. were written in such a way as to contribute to the series of events that led to the tragic death".

In a statement issued early Saturday morning in Riyadh, the Saudi capital, the Saudis claimed that some number of unnamed "suspects" had traveled to the consulate to meet with Khashoggi, "as there were indications of the possibility of his returning" to Saudi Arabia.

On Saturday, U.S. President Donald Trump joined European leaders in pushing Saudi Arabia for more answers after Riyadh changed its story and acknowledged that the journalist died on October 2 at its consulate in Istanbul.

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Trump chose Saudi Arabia as his first overseas destination as president, and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has developed close ties with Prince Mohammed, apparently seeing him as an ally in advancing his yet-to-be-released peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians. Why were 18 people arrested?

And it happened, and I hate to tell you, over the last 18 months and we're now the biggest in the world, Trump said.

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California said Saudi Arabia's claim that Mr Khashoggi died in a brawl was not credible. The existence of such evidence has been reported in Turkish media in a series of leaks, though Turkish officials have yet to confirm they have recordings.

I would like to comment on the current situation regarding the journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

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Trump also said the Congress would have a role to play in it."We'll have very much Congress involved in determining what to do", he said. Those having such links will be held accountable and brought to justice, it said. Eighteen Saudi nationals had been arrested, the prosecutor said in a statement. He initially said he believed the Saudi account. They said the "hypotheses" proposed so far in the Saudi investigation need to be backed by facts to be considered credible.