Saudi king orders probe into Khashoggi disappearance

Randal Sanchez
October 18, 2018

"The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures or repeating false accusations", the statement said.

After committing $45 billion to the Vision Fund, Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman also pledged to invest billions in SoftBank's next venture capital fund. It has been hit by cancellations since news emerged that Mr Khashoggi, a critic of his home country and writer for the Washington Post, has not been seen since visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

But the oil-rich kingdom has found itself threatened with "severe punishment" by United States president Donald Trump over the disappearance this month of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist critical of Saudi authorities.

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They said there must be a credible investigation to establish the truth and "if relevant" identify those responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

Unease over Softbank's ties to Saudi Arabia dragged down Softbank shares earlier this week. During a, to discuss "potential cooperation between American tech companies and Saudi Arabia", the prince did away with his traditional white robes as he met with executives and investors.

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Mr Aldakhil added that Saudi arms purchases from the USA and other trade could be at risk as well.

"His voice was a headache for the Saudi government", said Abdulaziz.

A pro-government Turkish daily published preliminary evidence last week from investigators it said identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team which arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared on October 2.

On Friday, a source familiar with the ongoing investigation told CNN that Turkish authorities have audio and visual evidence that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

The director-general of the global monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, said on Saturday "horrified" by the case Khashoggi, but has confirmed his participation at the meeting organized by Riyadh. If materialized, the IPO will be a historic event in Silicon Valley and a huge payday for Uber's major investors, most notably the Saudi royal family and the SoftBank Vision Fund, according to Wall Street's latest estimate of the ride-hailing giant's worth.

The US President said Friday he had not yet spoken with King Salman of Saudi Arabia - the father of bin Salman - in the wake of Khashoggi's reported killing, but that he planned to "pretty soon".

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