Saudi Arabia says scandal over Khashoggi killing won't trigger another oil crisis

Virginia Carson
October 23, 2018

Why were 18 people arrested? "And so, we're going to stay focused on that".

The employee said the prosecutors asked them whether something "extraordinary" happened on October 2 in the consulate or if they saw Khashoggi and 15 other Saudis, how long they were employed in the consulate, where they are from and the working hours of the staff.

On the day of Khashoggi's disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he was still inside, according to Turkish police sources. The images, taken from security camera video, show the writer being searched before continuing toward the building. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir is now calling what happened a "murder" and a "tremendous mistake", but the regime officially still claims to not know the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body.

"This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", he said. "That is unacceptable in any government".

Spain has not joined the group of European countries most critical of the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing on October 2 after walking into Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

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Turkish officials and reports have suggested that a team of Saudi agents was sent to assassinate him.

But he told them, "If you have questions about your own situation, or if you have suggestions, comments or guidance that you would like to offer about MIT's position, I hope you will let me know".

The kingdom's announcement Saturday that Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" was met with worldwide skepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct responsibility.

The footage was likely to further challenge the Saudi government's explanations of what transpired in the consulate and in the hours after Khashoggi's murder.

When the media reported a few days later that he had been killed there, they called the accusations "baseless". Asked whether the Administration is reassessing the crown prince as an ally, Kushner said that "once we have all the facts then we'll make an assessment".

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Saudi Arabia's announcement that Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" at the consulate has been met with worldwide scepticism and allegations of a cover-up aimed at absolving the kingdom's Crown Prince of direct responsibility. "And we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder", the foreign minister said in the interview. After he initially seemed willing to believe Saudi accounts, the president now says "obviously there has been deception, and there has been lies".

Erdogan spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump by telephone Sunday.

The king also ordered a restructuring of the intelligence service, to be led by Prince Mohammed, suggesting the prince still retained wide-ranging authority.

On Saturday, the Spanish government issued a statement expressing "consternation" over Khashoggi's death.

"In a statement Sunday, the governments said attacks on journalists are unacceptable and "of utmost concern to our three nations".

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