New bombshell in Jamal Khashoggi murder links Saudi Crown Prince

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

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

The Khashoggi case has opened a serious new rift, with Britain, France and Germany demanding that Saudi clarify how the journalist died inside its Istanbul consulate.

Last Friday, Saudi Arabia admitted that Mr Khashoggi did in fact die in the consulate, but claimed it had occurred during a brawl.

"We will ultimately make our judgement [on sanctions] based on the credibility of the further explanation we receive about what happened and our confidence that such a shameful event can not and will not ever be repeated", they said.

As of now, 18 Saudi suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the incident and two senior Saudi officials fired.

As CNN contributor John Avlon said in the segment above, "this is just remarkable visual proof of the extent to which they went and the trump Administration was willing to parrot those statements".

And Saudi Arabia has been consistent in its policy.

Germany and Saudi Arabia only returned their ambassadors in September after 10 months of frosty relations following criticism from Berlin of what it said was Saudi interference in Lebanese affairs.

Turkish police on October 22 found an abandoned vehicle bearing a diplomatic plate in a private Istanbul parking lot, matching a auto seen outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi had disappeared on October 2. "So we have to use oil reserves", he said.

USA officials turn ire on Saudi Crown Prince, Trump remains cautious
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued his assertion Sunday, as worldwide skepticism of Saudi Arabia's claim that Mr. State Department and congressional staffer, said there are numerous options for Congress to punish Riyadh or pressure Mr.

Trump chose Saudi Arabia as his first overseas trip as president, and his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has developed close ties with Prince Mohammed, apparently seeing him as an ally in advancing his yet-to-be-released peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians.

The kingdom has repeatedly blamed rogue agents inside the consulate and sought to deny accusations that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was involved in the death.

Local media in Turkey have reported a different story, saying a Saudi hit squad of 15 people travelled to Turkey to kill the veteran journalist and Washington Post columnist before leaving the country hours later in private jets.

Also Sunday, images obtained by a Turkish news channel, showed Khashoggi as he arrived at a police barrier before entering the consulate on October 2. He initially said he believed the Saudi account.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that on Tuesday, the same day a glitzy investment forum in Riyadh spearheaded by Prince Mohammed is to take place, that details of Khashoggi's killing "will be revealed in all its nakedness".

In a statement Sunday, the governments said attacks on journalists were unacceptable and "of utmost concern to our three nations".

Maas, the German foreign minister, said on Saturday that there was "no basis" for further exports of weapons to Saudi Arabia and said there were "several contradictions" in Saudi Arabia's official explanation of the death. While the official report won praise from US President Donald Trump, many politicians and leaders in America and Europe questioned the official explanation that he was accidentally killed in an altercation.

The €416 million ($479 million/£367 million) of arms exports Germany approved to Saudi Arabia for this year pales in comparison to the arrangement between the USA and the kingdom.

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