Saudi Arabia ‘to ADMIT missing journalist killed’ in consulate interrogation

Randal Sanchez
October 16, 2018

US President Donald Trump said on Monday he had seen a media report that Saudi officials might say Khashoggi was killed during an unauthorised interrogation, but "nobody knows" if this was an official report.

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.

Turkish officials said they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Khashoggi, allegations the Saudi kingdom has dismissed as "baseless", however, it has not presented evidence of the journalist leaving the consulate.

Saudi Arabia is reportedly ready to concede that a missing Saudi writer was killed in its consulate in Istanbul.

The Saudi government could not immediately be reached for comment on the CNN report.

Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

On Monday afternoon, CNN drew a similar picture of the Saudis' impending response, reporting that Riyadh would "acknowledge Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was meant to lead to his abduction from Turkey".

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside the consulate the day he disappeared, tweeted a Koranic verse warning those who kill on objective, with the hashtag "Jamal is the Martyr of the Word".

"It should be a known fact that the Arabs never had a problem with antisemitism, but we need to state that over and over again", Khashoggi added, justifying the surprising Saudi presence at the event.

Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a statement last week he is pulling out of the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia because of growing outrage over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist in Turkey.

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Trump's warning drew an angry response on Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon.

Iran has lost some customers for its oil because of looming USA sanctions, but high prices are making up for the lost sales, Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri has said.

The Saudi "autocratic regime", he said, must come to an end as there was no place for such regimes in the modern world.

Hours prior, President Trump announced in a tweet that he spoke with Saudi Arabia's King Salman about Khashoggi.

Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul almost two weeks ago.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington also canceled its National Day party, which was scheduled for Thursday. Those intercepts were shared with senators in classified materials last week, making it impossible to suppress them. "Think of that, $110 billion".

The issue has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with its closest Western allies. The kingdom could tame oil prices if they were to hit $100 per barrel as some analysts have forecast with the onset of U.S. sanctions against Iran on November 4.

As of Monday, the Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, still planned to attend an investor conference in Riyadh this month where Crown Prince Mohammed was expected to speak. Prince Mohammed told Reuters a year ago that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

Alphabet Inc's Google on October 15 became the latest company to say it would boycott the Future Investment Initiative Summit scheduled to be held in Riyadh starting October 23. The columnist is one of the best-known news-media personalities in the kingdom and has been a confidant to several previous kings and princes.

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