Jeremy Hunt: Saudi Arabia's Jamal Khashoggi story not 'credible'

Saudi Arabia in hot waters as international leaders condemn, express skepticism around Khashoggi murder
Saudi official provides yet another version of Khashoggi's death
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23 October, 2018

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir on Sunday told Fox News that Khashoggi's killing was "a rogue operation" and that "we don't know where the body is".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is vowing to reveal details about the case in a Tuesday speech to his parliament.

Recorded the same day Khashoggi disappeared into the consulate, it shows this second man leaving though the building's back door and walking around the streets of Istanbul, including a visit to the famed Blue Mosque.

On Friday, officials claimed that Khashoggi was killed in a fistfight.

Saudi Arabia so far has not acknowledged or explained Mr. Mutreb's presence in Istanbul nor that of a forensics and autopsy expert, also on hand for Khashoggi's arrival at the consulate. "And we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder", the foreign minister said in the interview.

"This is a awful mistake", Jubeir told Fox News.

"We're getting as many facts as we can", Kushner said, "then we'll determine which facts are credible".

Reuters on Sunday also reported that Madani dressed in Khashoggi's clothes to look like the journalist had left the consulate, citing an unnamed senior Saudi official.

A senior Turkish official quoted by CNN said that the Saudi was "brought to Istanbul to act as a body double" for Khashoggi, adding: "This was a premeditated murder and the body was moved out of the consulate".

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Saudi Arabia , while not yet being an official North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, is a prominent USA partner. It's been nearly a week since a prominent Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul .

President Trump had also talked about possible punishment but said he didn't want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia because, he maintained, it would harm USA manufacturers.

Some have accused Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of ordering the killing, a charge he has denied.

Merkel reiterated her condemnation of the killing at Saudi's consulate in Istanbul, and her earlier call for the kingdom to provide further clarification on the incident and hold those responsible to account.

Asked whether anything that's happened in recent weeks has caused him to raise questions about his confidence in the crown prince or the Saudis, Kushner emphasized the importance of the U.S. -Saudi relationship in the fight against terrorism.

Turkish officials dispute this and have leaked information suggesting that 15 Saudi agents murdered Khashoggi soon after he entered the diplomatic mission for an administrative errand. They say they are in possession of audio and video evidence to back up the claim, but have not released any proof.

Madani was among the 15 suspects Turkish officials say were dispatched from Saudi Arabia to Istanbul to confront Khashoggi at the consulate.

CNN Turk said authorities would be able to search the vehicle on Tuesday.

"Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms", Germany, Britain and France said in their joint statement yesterday.

The king also ordered a restructuring of the intelligence service, to be led by Prince Mohammed, suggesting the prince still retained wide-ranging authority.


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