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Jamal Khashoggi death: Status quo of UK-Saudi relationship ‘indefensible’

26 October 2018, 01:04 | Tara Lloyd

Dozens of business leaders and diplomats have withdrawn from the Saudi economic conference

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What's the latest from the Saudis?

"We're getting facts in from multiple places and once those facts come in, the secretary of state will work with our national security team to help us determine what we want to believe, what we think is credible and what we think is not credible", Kushner told CNN. "We will act accordingly", he said in Parliament on Monday.

"There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up", al-Jubeir said.

King Salman ordered the dismissal of five officials, including Saud al-Qahtani, a royal court adviser seen as the right-hand man to Prince Mohammed, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, Saudi state media reported on Saturday. But al-Jubeir said these "were not people closely tied to him", although news accounts have said that several Saudi security officials close to Mohammed were involved.

Turkish officials contend Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate by Saudi operatives hours after he arrived.

Erdogan spoke after Saudi Arabia, in a statement early Saturday, finally acknowledged that 59-year-old Khashoggi had died in the consulate, though its explanation that he was killed in a "fistfight" was met with global skepticism and allegations of a coverup created to absolve Prince Mohammed of direct responsibility. If any country should empathise with the flagrant violation of global law this type of action represents, it should be the UK.

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He added that the killing was a "rogue operation" and an "aberration", and promised that those responsible would be punished.

Turkish authorities will interview an additional 28 consulate staff members on Monday as part of the investigation, state broadcaster TRT said. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier underlined Monday its position that "we won't at this point approve any further arms exports because we want to know what happened".

For Saudi Arabia's allies - particularly in the West - the question will be whether they believe that the prince, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

The kingdom's closest Arab allies, including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, have pledged their support. The younger Khashoggi "expressed his honest thanks" to the Crown Prince for his thoughts, according to SPA.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will release information about his country's investigation into the murder case in a speech on Tuesday.

Where is the investigation now?

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the kingdom's policies and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

-3:07 p.m.: Surveillance footage shows vehicles with diplomatic license plates leaving the Saudi Consulate for the consul general's home some 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) away.

He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident, had been killed or where his body was. His body was then rolled in a rug and given to a local "co-operator" to dispose of.

Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul seeking paperwork for his planned marriage to Cengiz.

After Saudi Arabia confirmed his death, she wrote on Twitter in Arabic: "They have taken your body from this world, but your handsome smile will stay in my world forever".

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