Jamal Khashoggi latest: Donald Trump BELIEVES Saudi ‘FIST FIGHT’ murder explanation

Frederick Owens
October 20, 2018

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump, who had threatened of punitive action against Saudis over the journalist's death, has now said that what happened was "unacceptable" but Saudi Arabia was a 'great ally, ' reported BBC.

In Istanbul, Turkish prosecutors investigating Khashoggi's disappearance questioned Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate on Friday, widening the hunt for clues in a case straining Riyadh's alliance with Western powers.

Mr Khashoggi had been a critic of bin Salman but Reuters news agency quoted a person familiar with the Saudi investigation as insisting that the crown prince had no knowledge of the operation that killed the journalist.

Saudi state media said King Salman had ordered the dismissal of two senior officials: Saud al-Qahtani, a royal court advisor seen as the right-hand man to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, a statement on state media said.

"All along we were concerned about a whitewash, or an investigation by the entity suspected of involvement itself", Amnesty's Rawya Rageh said Saturday.

President Trump said the United States could impose sanctions over the feared murder of Khashoggi while his top diplomat Mike Pompeo told Voice of America Radio: "We'll certainly consider a wide range of potential responses".

"Repeated accusations, allegations and biased media campaigns will not discourage (Saudi Arabia) from holding to its principles", Sheikh Abderrahman al-Sadis said during a sermon accompanying Friday prayers at the mosque in Mecca, the holiest site in Islam.

On the same 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.

Trump has previously warned against jumping to conclusions that Saudi Arabia was responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

"Well, I think it's a good first steps".

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Fifteen staff, all Turkish nationals, testified at the chief prosecutor's office, state-run news agency Anadolu said. Nearly simultaneously, King Salman issued royal orders removing Saud al-Qahtani - a top adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - from his position.

Saudi Arabia will now begin a full investigation of the incident, with a deadline of one month to produce a report.

"To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Khashoggi is an understatement", Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC said on Twitter.

"We are saddened to hear confirmation of Mr. Khashoggi's death, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, fiancée, and friends", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in the statement.

Saudi Arabia's admission comes after Turkish authorities widened their probe on Friday, searching a forest in Istanbul.

Last Thursday, Oct. 11, the king dispatched his most trusted aide, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, to Istanbul to try to defuse the crisis...

Khashoggi's body has not yet been found by Turkish authorities.

Sawers also maintained that the prince likely would not have moved against Khashoggi, a USA resident who disappeared October 2, unless he was convinced he had nothing to fear from the U.S.

He was "fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him", Schiff said. His remarks come as Turkish media releases images of what they call an "assassination squad" entering the country.

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