Saudi dissidents fear 'long arm' of state after Khashoggi murder

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Turkey, which sided with Qatar in the ongoing dispute with Saudi Arabia, led the charge against the Saudi crown prince, with unnamed officials regularly leaking sordid stories about Khashoggi's murder and dismemberment that the western media eagerly reported.

Khashoggi, a dissident who lived in self-imposed exile in the United States where he contributed to The Washington Post, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

That comment contradicts Saudi accounts that Khashoggi, a US permanent resident and Washington Post columnist who had written critically of Saudi Arabia's crown prince, died accidentally in a "fistfight" in the consulate.

Despite extensive news leaks alleging that Turkey has audio recordings documenting Khashoggi's torture and murder, neither U.S. nor allied government agencies had been granted access as of Monday to such evidence, the officials said.

Germany said Monday it would halt arms sales to Riyadh until the Khashoggi case is resolved and called on other countries to do the same.

"To blame such an incident on...security and intelligence members would not satisfy us or the worldwide community", Erdogan said in a speech to parliament.

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Empty chairs and solemn tributes remind attendees of Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative conference this week that the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi hangs over the country.

But he again declined to lay blame at the feet of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or his father, King Salman, saying he'd spoken to both of them and they denied any involvement.

But the Saudi dismissals paradoxically confirm that without MBS's knowledge and approval, the murder of Khashoggi would have been unlikely. He demanded that the kingdom reveal the identities of all involved, regardless of rank. Turkish officials have claimed that audio and video recordings show Saudi officials used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi's body, but Erdogan made no mention of any recordings of the killing. "I want to assure the American people we're going to get to the bottom of it", he said. Erdogan said Khashoggi was the victim of a "brutal" and "planned" murder and called for the extradition of 18 suspects to Turkey to face justice.

"That's why we are pushing for real clear answers on this", he said in a Tuesday interview with the CBC. We have people over in Saudi Arabia now.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the press pool after signing America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, in the Oval Office of the White House. After weeks of denial, Saudi Arabia at the weekend said the journalist had been killed at the consulate.

"The European Union's reaction from now on will depend on the next steps that will be taken by Saudi authorities", Mogherini said. Another team went to the consulate and removed the hard disk from its security camera, he said. "To cover up such savagery would hurt the human conscience".

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