Pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia as more questions raised in Khashoggi case

Karen Attiah is a Ghanaian American writer and Global Opinions editor for the Washington Post

Saudi Arabia on Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a "huge and grave mistake", but sought to shield its powerful crown prince from the widening crisis, saying Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware.

The foreign minister's attempt to put daylight between Khashoggi's murderers and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is to be expected-but in no way credible.

Statements from the agency said both the king and the crown prince expressed their condolences for Khashoggi's death.

Turkish police on October 22 found an abandoned auto bearing a diplomatic plate in a private Istanbul parking lot, matching a vehicle seen outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi had disappeared on October 2.

Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Mr Erdogan in his AK Party and close friend to the dead journalist, said: "One cannot help but wonder how there could have been a "fistfight" between 15 young expert fighters and a 60-year-old Khashoggi, alone and defenceless".

"There remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened. beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible".

"I agree with all those who say that the, albeit already limited, arms exports can't take place in the situation we're now in", German chancellor Angela Merkel told press in Berlin on Sunday (21 October).

Khashoggi, who had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States, was reported missing hours after he entered the Saudi consulate to obtain paperwork that would allow him to marry his Turkish fiancée.

Following the intervention of Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, five opposition parties joined forces to urge tougher government action in protest over Saudi Arabia's involvement in Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

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Kushner said his advice to Prince Mohammed has been to "be transparent" in his proceedings.

"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority", he said.

Madini, who is around the same age, height and build as Khashoggi, was brought to Istanbul as part of a 15-member Saudi team that allegedly killed him to serve as a decoy, CNN reported the official told the network. "The time for hollow rhetoric is over and it can not be business as usual with Saudi Arabia".

Mr Jubeir said the Saudis offered its condolences to Mr Khashoggi's family.

The kingdom acknowledged early Saturday that Khashoggi died in a brawl in its consulate, but did not give any explanation on the cause of his death.

After weeks of denying knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, Riyadh admitted that he had been killed in the consulate.

It is a step that President Donald Trump has signaled his opposition to, citing the value of USA arms exports to the kingdom. He said he believed Prince Mohammed was behind the killing.

"I am not satisfied until we find the answer". He initially said he believed the Saudi account.

"A lot of the reforms they've been making there to help us track down the terror financing and also to push back against the people who are perverting the religion, have been very historic over the previous year", he said. "Then Prince Mohammed contacted Khashoggi by phone and tried to convince him to return to Riyadh", the report alleges.

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