Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Khashoggi killing is one of the worst cover-ups

Khashoggi killing is one of the worst cover-ups

The Saudis admitted late Friday that the dissident writer had died after what they said was a fight within the consulate, where he sought to obtain a document related to his planned wedding.

Shortly afterwards, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the USA would "punish those responsible" and had revoked visas of 21 identified suspects.

The prince has vowed to bring the killers to justice and has sacked 18 members of the Saudi diplomatic and intelligence staff over the murder in Turkey, which he insists was a rogue operation.

Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated", the kingdom's public prosecutor was quoted as saying by the kingdom's state media on Thursday. "And they had the worst cover-up ever", Trump said earlier. "I think is in big trouble".

Khashoggi was a Washington Post columnist and lived in the U.S., having fled Saudi Arabia in September a year ago.

Business leaders and diplomats from around the world withdraw from the event over the killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

"And if you look at the other side, Iran, you look at what they've done to people, vicious, horrible", Trump said. This will not be the last word on the matter, he promised, though he also acknowledged shared strategic interests with the Saudis.

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He was pretty rough on Saudi Arabia, I would say.

British Prime Minister Theresa May "strongly urged" Saudi Arabia in a phone call with King Salman on Wednesday to cooperate with a Turkish investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, her office said.

Erdogan's address coincided with the start of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia that was briefly attended by the Saudi crown prince. Just 5 percent said he has been too tough.

Mr Al Falih said the murder of Khashoggi was regrettable, adding that "nobody in the kingdom can justify it".

"We're making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence", Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday.

Saudi authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the remarks by Trump and the Erdogan adviser. Speaking at an investment forum he was hosting in Riyadh, the crown prince called the killing a "heinous crime" but offered no new information on what happened. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up".

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