Turkey to release probe findings into death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi

Kenny Grant
October 22, 2018

"Canada condemns the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has confirmed took place in its consulate in Istanbul", Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement.

Turkish officials have claimed that a team of 15 Saudi men, including one who was identified by the press as an autopsy doctor, flew to Turkey specifically to kill Khashoggi at the consulate.

President Trump said Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects were in custody marked a "good first step", though some USA lawmakers on both sides of the aisle hav said Saudi Arabia's account isn't credible and seems created to exonerate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of any involvement despite widespread allegations that he was behind the killing.

No CCTV footage showed him ever exiting the building and he was declared a missing person. "This was an operation that was a rogue operation".

Rand Paul (R-KY) said Saudi Arabia's explanation of how journalist Jamal Khashoggi died was "insulting", so "we really need to discontinue our arms sales to Saudi Arabia".

Corker said that if the crown prince had ordered the murder, "he's now crossed the line, and there has to be a punishment and a price to pay for that".

The Scottish government has abandoned plans to appoint an energy specialist to boost exports to Saudi Arabia.

"I do not think it is credible", the UK's Brexit Minister Dominic Raab told BBC.

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The on Saturday morning, they said he had died in a fistfight at the consulate.

The sale of arms to Saudi Arabia by Germany can not take place under the current circumstances, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced, referencing the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. We don't know in terms of details how.

American legislators are calling for sanctions, and the resignation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in the face of vacillation from President Donald Trump.

Eighteen Saudi nationals had been arrested, the Saudi public prosecutor said in a statement.

Merkel and Maas said they "condemned the crime in the sharpest possible manner", adding that they expected "transparency from Saudi Arabia about the circumstances of [Khashoggi's] death and the background".

"All the 15 team members are among those detained", the official said.

Al-Jubeir said the kingdom's investigation is ongoing, and called the killing a "huge and grave mistake". Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on NBC the Saudi ambassador to the USA should be expelled until the matter is settled.

He stated that the journalist was approached by the "Saudi security team" when he entered the consulate, and that their account of what happened differed from that of Turkish officials.

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