U.S. treasury secretary withdraws from Saudi investment conference

18 October, 2018, 21:44 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Khashoggi warns in last column of free rein to silence media

Suspicion has been mounting over the involvement of Saudi authorities in Khashoggi's disappearance after authorities in Turkey said they believe he was murdered inside the building, an allegation the Saudis have denied.

Karen Attiah, the global opinions editor at The Washington Post, who published a note to Khashoggi's last article, said she received this piece from the translator a day after the columnist disappeared. "We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I'm concerned".

Khashoggi, a former regime insider who became critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has not been seen since he stepped inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to sort out marriage paperwork.

According to daily Yeni Şafak, Turkish forensics experts found "evidence of murder" at the consulate.

Saudi Arabia insists Khashoggi exited the consulate after a brief visit.

However, Saudi Arabia says reports on Mr Khashoggi's death are "completely false and baseless" and that it is "open to co-operation" to find out what happened. But on Wednesday, Trump told reporters: "We've asked for it ... if it exists" - before adding that it "probably does" exist.

The letter cited decades of business deals and asked Trump to provide information regarding recent and future financial ties to Saudi Arabia.

He said he had been assured that Saudi Arabia would investigate the matter, and that he had told Mr Trump to give the country "a few more days" before deciding whether to take action.

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Khashoggi also praised the Washington Post for its translation of his columns into Arabic, but ultimately, he argued what is most needed is an independent speech platform for ordinary Arab people.

After Khashoggi was critical of President Donald Trump and the Saudi government's apparent trust in the USA leader, the royal family barred Khashoggi from writing.

"Police teams focused on the ground floor of the residence of al-Otaibi", the report said, stressing that the investigation will be extended to other venues.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was at the White House Thursday morning meeting with President Trump on the issue.

Forensic teams had already visited the consulate once this week, going there Monday to search for clues to what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the diplomatic outpost on October 2.

Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that a suspect identified by Turkey was a frequent companion of the prince's.

International Development Secretary Liam Fox is pulling out of an international investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid concerns over the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He also confirmed that all members of his family support the official Saudi investigations, which only "will lead us to positive results and uncover the truth".

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