Saudi Arabia preparing to admit Khashoggi was killed

Saudi Arabia preparing to admit Khashoggi was killed CNN

Saudi Arabia preparing to admit Khashoggi was killed CNN  15 Oct 2018- 22:43 Jamal Khashoggi

The move comes in response to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident columnist who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

According to two of the individuals, the Saudis are putting together an explanation that would absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the putative leader of Saudi Arabia, of responsibility by giving him plausible deniability to say he didn't order the killing and didn't know about it.

They were published shortly after a report in the Washington Post - for whom Mr Khashoggi worked - cited United States government officials who believed that audio recordings proved he had been murdered while visiting the Saudi embassy.

Saudi Arabian students are deciding to stay pat studying overseas instead of returning home as businesses flee deals with the Kingdom over the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, an official from the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia tells Sputnik.

Joe Lieberman, a former Democratic senator from CT who became an independent, said the disappearance and suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are "troubling", but until facts are established, the United States shouldn't destroy its relationship with Saudi Arabia.

It is not the first time that King Salman has sought to ease tensions surrounding the 33-year-old Prince Mohammed, who has been cultivated by the USA but whose reformist credentials are being quickly shredded by the mystery surrounding Khashoggi's fate.

Saudi Arabia agreed last week to allow Turkish officials to search the building but insisted it would only be a superficial "visual" inspection.

The situation arose after the monarchy warned against threats to punish it over disappearance of a journalist.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump spoke by phone with King Salman, who is the crown prince's father. "Nobody's seen it yet, so we do want to see it. we're going to be seeing it very soon". The members arrived by unmarked police cars but said nothing to journalists waiting outside as they entered the building.

Turkish officials have said they believe a 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" killed Mr Khashoggi there.

Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations.

The Saudi regime, for its part, has fervently denied accusations that it had anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance and threatened to retaliate against nations that attempt to hold the kingdom accountable.

"Pelosi also cited Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's planned trip to a financial conference in Riyadh, despite many having pulled out, and added, "[Trump's] relationship with Saudi Arabia is something". A spokesman for JPMorgan confirmed chief executive Jamie Dimon will no longer attend, but declined to say why.

Saudi Arabia's Arab allies have rushed to its support. Executive Chairman Bill Ford.

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