Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

U.S. awaiting evidence in Khashoggi case before imposing Saudi sanctions: Pompeo

U.S. awaiting evidence in Khashoggi case before imposing Saudi sanctions: Pompeo

Turkish officials said chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan failed to get answers about the location of Khashoggi's body and who ordered his killing during three days of a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation in Istanbul.

Turkish prosecutors plan to seek the extradition of 18 suspects in the slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi so they can be prosecuted.

A spokesman for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development party says the dissident Saudi journalist could not have been murdered without high-level order from the kingdom.

Saudi officials have for weeks pushed a theory, via anonymous leaks to the media, that Khashoggi's killers rolled the Saudi journalist's body in some kind of carpet or fabric and gave it to a Turkish coconspirator for removal from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The Saudis have presented shifting stories about Khashoggi's fate, initially denying any knowledge before arguing that a group of rogue operators, many of whom belong to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's inner circle, were responsible for Khashoggi's death.

The cutting of aid by Gates Foundation came amidst reports that Crown Prince Salman had disparaged Khashoggi as a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, in talks with U.S. officials, after the journalist's murder. The Saudi attorney general then acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder. On Wednesday, Switzerland announced it was suspending arms exports to Saudi over Khashoggi's killing.

Prince Mohammed also reportedly urged the White House to preserve the US-Saudi alliance.

Saudi Arabia has changed its account of what happened to Khashoggi.

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"Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood". He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday it would take a "handful more weeks" before the United States has enough evidence to impose any sanctions in response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

Khashoggi entered the consulate last month to get a document he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

One Israeli official said, "Saudi Arabia is a very important state in the region, and Israel and other nations have a major interest in ensuring its continued stability".

Fidan, the Istanbul prosecutor, on Wednesday said that Khashoggi was strangled shortly after entering the consulate and that his body was dismembered afterward.

Turkey has steered away from publicly blaming Saudi Arabia for the killing.

"The victim's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation", the statement said.

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