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Pompeo Revokes Visas Of Saudi Officials Accused Of Killing Khashoggi

24 Octobre 2018

President Donald Trump dispatched the director of the Central Intelligence Agency to Turkey in a quest to get more information about the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi and weigh a possible USA response.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday the kingdom was committed to a thorough and complete investigation to get to the truth behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.

The UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Monday that the Saudi government's explanation for the death of Jamal Khashoggi was not "credible".

"Bad deal, should have never been thought of. Somebody really messed up and they had the worst cover-up ever". "So we are navigating this very carefully and that's pretty much all I can say on that".

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was killed inside the consulate on October 2 by a team of Saudi agents and his body cut up.

Justin Trudeau is signalling he has scant leeway to cancel an arms contract with Saudi Arabia - condemning the death of Jamal Khashoggi while nonetheless saying it's "very difficult" to cancel a deal and could cost $1 billion to do so.

Hinting at the possibility that this could target Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman himself, Mr Hunt said: 'When we have full accountability for the crimes that have been committed, which have been described by the Saudis as murder, then that accountability must extend to the people who gave the order for the crimes to be committed, not just those who were there on the ground'.

Labour stepped up calls for a boycott on arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the "horrific murder".

Faced with mounting calls for tough measures by USA lawmakers across the political spectrum, the State Department said it had identified 21 Saudis whose visas would either be revoked or who would be ineligible for future visas. According to Turkish sources, he also allegedly founded the 15-member hit squad which was tasked to kill Khashoggi.

And they claim have the audio recording of the act to prove it.

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"What we're actually seeing is that Erdogan took this as a personal affront that Saudi Arabia would carry out this action on his soil", Lisel Hintz, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced Studies, told Business Insider earlier this week. It was not clear what was in the suitcases.

For Western allies of Saudi Arabia, a main question in the Khashoggi death is whether they believe that Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

Two weeks ago, USA senators invoked a human rights law to call on Trump to formally investigate the Khashoggi case and possibly determine appropriate sanctions against those involved.

"We're going to know a lot over the next two days about the Saudi situation". He added that he wants to receive a bipartisan recommendation on penalties.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to reveal more details about the police investigation into Khashoggi's alleged murder. He also said the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body were still unknown and he demanded Saudi Arabia reveal the identity of a "local co-operator" who purportedly took the body. He was told he would need to return later to collect the documents.

Separately, Erdogan offered condolences to the family and relatives of Khashoggi. Citing accounts provided by the suspects during the internal Saudi investigation, officials said that after killing him in the consulate, the Saudi team removed his body from the consulate rolled up in a rug.

Speaking to his political party members in the Turkish capital of Ankara, Erdogan said, according to the Post, that "covering up this kind of savagery will hurt the conscience of all humanity". "We feel their pain", Jubeir said in the interview.

"We have strong signs that the murder was the result of a planned operation, not a spontaneous development".

"We have people working all across the world to put our own understanding together". Consulate personnel were given the day off. We are seeking answers to this.

Pompeo Revokes Visas Of Saudi Officials Accused Of Killing Khashoggi