Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

CIA Director Briefed Trump On Contents Of Audio Of Khashoggi's Alleged Murder

CIA Director Briefed Trump On Contents Of Audio Of Khashoggi's Alleged Murder

Turkey has amped up the pressure on Saudi Arabia over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, demanding to know the location of his body and who gave the order for his killing.

Prince Mohammed, heir to the oil-rich nation's throne, publicly denounced the murder as "repulsive", while the Saudi prosecutor acknowledged for the first time this week that based on the evidence of a Turkish investigation the killing had been "premeditated".

In this image from TV, Hatice Cengiz, who is Turkish, reacts during an interview on Turkish television channel HaberTurk, Friday Oct. 26, 2018, about the day her fiancée Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and was killed inside.

Khashoggi's fiancée says she has declined an invitation to the White House from US President Donald Trump, accusing him of not being honest about investigating the killing.

Saudi Arabia has now claimed that the high-profile critic of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had been murdered by a "rogue" hit-squad.

"It is clear that he has been killed but where is it?"

President Erdogan also said Turkey has other "information and evidence" about Mr Khashoggi's killing which it will eventually reveal.

She was one of the last people to see Khashoggi alive, having gone with him to the consulate on October 2.

"He will leave the consulate and not take his fiancee with him?"

Cengiz said in the interview she has not yet received any condolence calls from the government of Saudi Arabia. "And we will put in place mechanisms to ensure it doesn't happen again".

Six officials have been fired as part of the investigation in addition to the 18 who have been detained, al-Jubeir said, without identifying them.

While taking about the possibility of women wrestling in Saudi Arabia, Rousey noted that she thinks there will be demand to see female performers if WWE really takes off in the area. His US destination was not immediately known but his late father lived in the Washington area. And while Mattis said the failure of any nation to adhere to worldwide norms and rule of law "undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most", he also stressed the strength of Saudi-US relations by saying "We maintain our strong people-to-people partnership knowing that with our respect must come transparency and trust as indicated by President Trump, Secretary Pompeo and European leaders alike".

"The Kingdom will hold those involved in the case accountable", al-Jubeir said in reply to a question about the Turkish request to extradite the suspects for trial.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed on Friday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia until the murder is clarified, a stance French President Emmanuel Macron dubbed "pure demagoguery" as it "has nothing to do with Mr Khashoggi". That assertion, in turn, backtracked from an initial statement that Saudi authorities knew nothing about what happened to the columnist for The Washington Post.

Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a US-backed regional bloc against the growing Iranian influence in the Middle East but the Khashoggi crisis has strained Riyadh's relations with the West. At first the Saudis said US resident Khashoogi, a critic of corporate media darling Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, walked out of the consulate and said that it had no knowledge of his fate.

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