Germany suspends arms sales to Saudi Arabia while Khashoggi case unclear

by Garry Watts October 25, 2018, 20:52
Germany suspends arms sales to Saudi Arabia while Khashoggi case unclear

He was killed in a fist fight with the officials and it was a "huge and grave mistake, ' Saudi has said".

The TV channel said it obtained exclusive law enforcement surveillance footage, part of the Turkish government's investigation, that appeared to show the man leaving the Saudi consulate by the back door, wearing Khashoggi's clothes, a fake beard and glasses.

A separate report Monday by newspaper Yeni Safak said Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage seen on trips to the U.S., France and Spain this year, made the calls from the consulate.

"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority", he told Bret Baier on Sunday.

Her government and others in Europe have said the kingdom's explanation so far of what happened to Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is insufficient.

A US official familiar with the peace effort said the team remains committed to its plan and does not expect the crisis surrounding the Khashoggi killing to affect it.

They said the "hypotheses" proposed so far in the Saudi investigation need to be backed by facts to be considered credible.

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He noted that Khashoggi died following a conflict that had erupted in the consulate. "This was a premeditated murder and the body was moved out of the consulate". "And the end is stability in the world so that problems overseas don't come home to roost for us", he said. After weeks of denying involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance, Saudi Arabia said that he was killed in the Istanbul consulate, saying his death was the result of a "fistfight". His comment came when asked about his previous statement he would be considering severe consequences for Saudi Arabia following the journalist's death. However, he insisted that he would not like to scrap the mega arms and investment deal with Saudi Arabia as this would impact jobs in the US. "We'd like to find out where it is and what happened ..." But it was a big first step, it was a good first step. He's later told to return october 2, his fiancée Hatice Cengiz says. But early on Saturday, it admitted that he was killed there and said 18 Saudi suspects were in custody and intelligence officials had been fired. Nobody has told me he´s not responsible.

Trump last week pulled Mnuchin from attending an economic summit in Riyadh this week that was being hosted by the crown prince, but the Treasury secretary still plans on attending an anti-terrorism summit in Saudi Arabia later this month.

-7 p.m.: A private plane just arrived from Saudi Arabia carries six members of the alleged Saudi squad from Istanbul to Cairo, the next day returning to Riyadh.

"All of this needs to be explained in all its details", the Turkish president said.

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