Saudis said ready to concede writer was slain in botched interrogation

Saudis said ready to concede writer was slain in botched interrogation

Saudis said ready to concede writer was slain in botched interrogation

October 11: The Washington Post, which Khashoggi writes for, reports the Turkish government told US officials that it had audio and video recordings proving Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

However, unconfirmed reports in the United States media suggest Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that Mr Khashoggi died as a result of an interrogation that went wrong and that the original intention had been to abduct him.

It says the Saudi government will blame an intelligence official for the bungled operation.

President Trump raised the possibility today that "rogue killers" were behind the Saudi journalist's disappearance, not the kingdom's leaders.

King Salman has replaced two crown princes in the past. The president added in a tweet that he is dispatching Secretary of State Mike Pompeo "immediately" to meet with the King in person.

This message had been conveyed "directly to the Saudi authorities", said the statement, signed by Britain's foreign minister Jeremy Hunt, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany's Heiko Maas.

"It sounds to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", the president said.

Told that a cleaning crew walked into the consulate before the team arrived, she said: "You saw that? Wow".

Turkish officials said that a Saudi hit squad killed Mr. Khashoggi and dismembered his body to smuggle it out of the country.

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On that same day 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the building while Khashoggi was also inside, Turkish police sources said.

Trump has threatened "severe punishment" if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, although he has ruled out cancelling arms deals worth tens of billions of dollars with Saudi Arabia.

Presidential aide Ibrahim Kalın announced last week that a joint team would be formed to investigate the disappearance of Khashoggi upon the kingdom's request.

Trump's warning drew an angry response Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon.

His disappearance has led to strong global condemnation of Saudi Arabia, and that condemnation is now starting to trickle over into the business world.

"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 official Saudi Press Agency quoted an unnamed government source as saying.

The 58-year-old journalist and Washington Post contributor has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate to gather documents for marriage last week.

The forum will be held on October 23-25 and hosted by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund.

But in the wake of Khashoggi's disappearance, many media and entertainment companies have been distancing themselves from the kingdom.

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