Khashoggi murder: Saudi prince 'said he was unsafe Islamist'

02 November, 2018, 14:23 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, was killed on October 2nd inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has positioned himself as a Saudi reformer, has denounced the murder as "repulsive" and strongly denied any involvement.

President Trump has said he is "not satisfied" with the Saudi account. On Wednesday, Switzerland announced it was suspending arms exports to Saudi over Khashoggi's killing.

Turkish prosecutors plan to seek the extradition of 18 suspects in the slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi so they can be prosecuted.

Saudi officials have for weeks pushed a theory, via anonymous leaks to the media, that Khashoggi's killers rolled the Saudi journalist's body in some kind of carpet or fabric and gave it to a Turkish coconspirator for removal from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The journalist's family told the Post in response: "Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years", the statement said.

"We are calling the entire world to put the necessary pressure, worldwide pressure, on the Saudi government to find his remains, to be able to bury him, even before finding those who are responsible, before this issue is covered up", Faith Oke, executive director of the Turkey-Arab Media Association, said Thursday.

Khashoggi entered the consulate last month to get a document he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

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Turkey, for its part, said Khashoggi was strangled the moment he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the city's chief prosecutor said on Wednesday, adding that it was a premeditated murder.

Saudi Arabia has faced backlash over the death, including from its allies, who have called for answers.

He recalled that the German journalist was released after a phone call made by Chancellor Angela Merkel and detained United States Pastor Andrew Brunson was freed after a call by U.S. President Donald Trump.

US State Department spokesman Robert Palladino on Thursday called for Khashoggi's remains to be located and returned to his family for burial as soon as possible.

"It'll take us probably a handful more weeks before we have enough evidence to actually put those sanctions in place, but I think we'll be able to get there".

He said France was not "dependent on our economic relations with Saudi Arabia" and the country would impose sanctions, but no details were given.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation", the statement said.

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