Turkey will 'reveal whatever happened' in Khashoggi death

Saudi Arabia on Saturday conceded journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as Turkey has alleged.

In 2007, Khashoggi returned to Al-Watan newspaper, lasting nearly three years before being fired for "his editorial style, pushing boundaries of discussion and debate within Saudi society", according to Khashoggi's website.

Khashoggi vanished on the afternoon of October 2, after visiting the Saudi Consulate to obtain documents that would allow him to remarry.

Those responsible then tried to cover it up, a Saudi statement said, but there is no mention of what happened to the journalist's body.

"First we were told Mr Khashoggi supposedly left the consulate and there was blanket denial of any Saudi involvement", Mr Graham tweeted on Friday.

The president spoke to the media at a defense roundtable in Arizona hours after Saudi Arabia claimed that Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor last seen on October 2, was killed in a "fistfight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

According to the Turkish Sabah newspaper, at least part of the evidence came from an audio recording made from Khashoggi's Apple Watch.

They were captured on camera again at 2pm and as they left on the six-mile journey to the consulate in the Levent area of the city.

The new announcement comes after US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin pulled out of the crown prince's planned flagship investment conference, joining a wave of government officials, business leaders and media outlets.

"Yes, he's not inside", the heir to the Saudi throne said. Two senior officials - Saud al-Qahtani, and General Ahmed al-Assiri, a senior intelligence official - connected to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have been fired.

"I think President Trump and his ministerial team are waking up to just how unsafe it is to have people acting with a sense that they have impunity in their relationship with the United States", Sawers said.

Saudi Press Agency reported Saturday that 18 Saudi citizens have been arrested over links to killing of Khashoggi.

Following the Saudi statement, Australian officials announced their withdrawal from an worldwide investment summit planned in Riyadh.

"As the Foreign Secretary has said, this was a bad act and those responsible must be held to account".

The kingdom also offered a far different version of events than those given by Turkish officials, who have said an "assassination squad" from the kingdom including an official from Prince Mohammed's entourage and an "autopsy expert" flew in ahead of time and laid in wait for Khashoggi at the consulate.

Hunt said the suspected killing of Khashoggi is "completely unacceptable" for the UK.

"We condemn this act in the strongest terms".

Were his remains to be found, traces of the drug may be found, asking new questions of Saudi Arabia's fist-fight narrative.

  • Salvatore Jensen