JAMAL KASHOGGI’S Murder In Turkey; The Saudis Are Preparing a Report That Will Acknowledge The Journalist’s Death, Explaining It was ‘An Interrogation That Went Wrong’

Saudis looking for a plausible deniability for Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s culpability and involvement in the death of Journalist Jamal Kashoggi

  • The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge the death of Jamal Khashoggi — the Saudi journalist who went missing two weeks ago — was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, two sources say.
  • What this could mean: Khashoggi’s disappearance created a diplomatic rift between Saudi and the West, with the UK, France and Germany demanding a “credible investigation” into the events and President Trump warning of serious retribution if the Saudis are found to be behind his possible death.

    CCTV image of missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate on October 2 at 13:14 p.m. (6:14 a.m. ET).
    CCTV image of missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate on October 2 at 13:14 p.m. (6:14 a.m. ET).CCTV

|CRMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA!NO!|Two chartered planes. Fifteen ‘Saudi Squad On-board’. They arrived in Turkey and left on the same day. Journalist Khashoggi arrived at the Consulate with fiance to collect wedding papers. The journalist’s fiancee has said she waited outside the consulate for Mr Khashoggi, while he collected documents for their upcoming wedding. When he did not emerge, she asked what had happened and was told he had left by a rear entrance. CCTV footage shows him entering the building only. She never saw him since.

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Turkish Investigators were only allowed into the building late Monday; after a crew of cleaners were seen entering the building earlier in the day. Reports say the cleaners carried mops, buckets – one’s face was seen nervously bobbing his head in and out of sight through gaps on the gate.

CNN’s Nic Robertson writes that the impact of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago could have repercussions that last decades.

“We might be witnessing not only the apparent silencing of a critic, but a spasm in Saudi Arabia’s long-running struggle for power between the kingdom’s sprawling royal lines,” Robertson writes in his latest opinion piece.

And then later in the day  President Donald Trump suggested that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi could have been murdered by “rogue killers” after speaking to the kingdom’s ruler, who denied having any involvement in the incident.

“It sounded to me that maybe this could have been rogue killers,” Mr Trump said about his call to the king.

Mr Trump said he had been told Turkey and Saudi Arabia were working “hand in hand” to get to the bottom of what happened. ”Mike Pompeo is leaving literally within an hour or so heading to Saudi Arabia. We are going to leave nothing uncovered,” he said.

“With that being said the king firmly denies any knowledge of it. He didn’t really know, maybe, I don’t want to get into his mind but it sounded to me like maybe it could have been rogue killers, who knows? We’re going to try get to the bottom of it very soon but his was a flat denial.”

Mr Trump’s comments came as Turkey and Saudi Arabia were expected to conduct a joint inspection on Monday of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, nearly two weeks after the disappearance of the 60-year-old Washington Post columnist and writer.

Mr Trump said he had been told Turkey and Saudi Arabia were working “hand in hand” to get to the bottom of what happened. ”Mike Pompeo is leaving literally within an hour or so heading to Saudi Arabia. We are going to leave nothing uncovered,” he said.

Mr Trump’s comments came as Turkey and Saudi Arabia were expected to conduct a joint inspection on Monday of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, nearly two weeks after the disappearance of the 60-year-old Washington Post columnist and writer

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