Trump 'not satisfied' with Saudi explanations of Khashoggi death

Ivan Schwartz
October 23, 2018

Khashoggi - a Washington Post contributor and critic of the crown prince - was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The new video broadcast by CNN, as well as a pro-government Turkish newspaper's report that a member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage made four calls to the royal's office from the consulate around the same time, put more pressure on the kingdom.

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The royals "expressed their honest condolences to the family of Jamal Khashoggi - may God have mercy on him", CNN reported, citing the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

"These are hard days for us in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia". The Saudi government insists the King and Crown Prince had no prior knowledge of the plan to kill Khashoggi. A friend of the Khashoggi family told The Associated Press that Salah has been under a travel ban since past year.

He also asserted that Saudi Arabia is determined to find the truth and is now investigating the killing of the journalist.

Erdogan said: "It is clear that there was a premeditated roadmap and some of the staff of the consulate hurried back into their country afterwards".

For more than two weeks, the Saudis denied Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate, claiming he left within an hour.

It is a step that President Donald Trump has signaled his opposition to, citing the value of U.S. arms exports to the kingdom.

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Turkish investigators quickly determined Jamal Khashoggi had been killed by Saudi operatives but authorities didn't publicly announce what they knew because they were anxious about provoking a confrontation with the rich and powerful kingdom. 'Will they now end arms sales to Saudi Arabia?' he asked.

October 2, 9.50am to 11.00am: The 15 men arrive at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul separately.

He told MPs: 'We have an important strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia involving defence and security co-operation which has saved lives on the streets of Britain.

CIA Director Gina Haspel is traveling to Turkey as part of the investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, CBS News has learned.

The case has shone a spotlight on the crown prince, who was credited with spearheading a reform drive but is now accused of having ordered Khashoggi's murder.

Saudi Arabia said it has arrested 18 Saudis and that several top intelligence officials were fired over Khashoggi's death.

Erdogan said Saudi Arabia was obligated to reveal the identity of everyone involved and called for the prosecution of those responsible to happen in Turkey.

Trump heralded Saudi Arabia's purchase of $110 billion worth of U.S. arms in 2017, though experts say that figure is inflated and some parts of the deal appear to still be up in the air.

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