Jamal Khashoggi case: 'Credible' probe needed over missing writer

Gladys Abbott
October 15, 2018

Khashoggi has been missing ever since cameras captured him going inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"For sure, they listened to the conversation between me and Jamal and other activists, in Canada, in the States, in Turkey, in Saudi Arabia", Mr Omar Abdulaziz said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Trump made a point of visiting the kingdom on his first overseas trip as president and has touted arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

A member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee says the U.S. -Saudi relations may need "to be completely revised" if an investigation finds the kingdom's government responsible for the murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. "In the not too distant future I think we'll know an answer", the president said.

In perhaps a veiled threat, the Saudi Foreign Ministry said if the country "receives any action, it will respond with greater action", highlighting the vital role it plays in the global economy.

Mr. Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, has not been seen since October 2, when he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

MBS has been "emboldened" by the relationship with President Donald Trump and adviser Jared Kushner, who have given MBS "increased confident" to act, according to Brennan.

Turkey will search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul later on Monday as part of an investigation into the disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish diplomatic source said. The kingdom has called the allegations "baseless" but has offered no evidence the writer left the consulate. The market clawed back some of the losses, closing down 3.5 per cent for the day.

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"The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether through economic sanctions, political pressure or repeating false accusations", a statement by the Saudi government said.

The statement went on to say that Saudi Arabia is "committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with global laws and conventions".

There have been doubts, however, about how far the USA president is willing to go, given his administration's deep ties to Riyadh.

His remarks prompted Saudi Arabia to threaten to use its economic muscle to respond to any punitive measure but Rai al-Youm, a pan-Arab newspaper based in London, said the kingdom might have to ready itself for new "milking" by the US. "Saudi Arabia has a strategic value to the USA that comes from its reliability in managing oil markets and coordinating intelligence".

In a joint statement, Britain's foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany's Heiko Maas said said it encouraged efforts to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance.

The index suffered its biggest intraday decline since December 2014, when oil prices were crashing, with the Gulf region's biggest petrochemical producer, Saudi Basic Industries, tumbling as much as 7.9 percent, Reuters said.

"It felt very insensitive and it's something that we shouldn't really be getting involved with, so we thought we're going to stay away from that".

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