Saudis admit to killing Khashoggi

Do we want a free trade agreement with this country? They’ve finally admitted what most have known, that Saudi Arabia has killed Jamal Khashoggi: Quote:

The Saudi government has admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, saying he died during a fist fight.

The announcement, which came in a tweet from the Saudi foreign ministry, said that an initial investigation by the government’s general prosecutor found that Khashoggi been in discussions with people inside the consulate when a quarrel broke out, escalating to a fatal fist fight.

The Saudi government said it had fired five top officials and arrested 18 other Saudis as a result of the initial investigation. Those fired included Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Major General Ahmed al-Assiri.

The announcement marks the first time that Saudi officials have acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

Ever since he disappeared on October 2 while visiting the mission, Saudi officials have repeatedly said that he left the consulate alive and that they had no information about his whereabouts or fate. He had gone to the consulate to obtain a document he needed for an upcoming wedding.

Turkish investigators had concluded days ago that Khashoggi, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post, was killed and dismembered by a Saudi team dispatched to Istanbul.

US officials have said that Turkey has audio and video recordings providing evidence that he was interrogated, killed and then cut into several pieces.

The official Saudi statement said King Salman also ordered creation of a commission to review and “modernise” the Kingdom’s intelligence operations and report back within a month. End quote.

What a despicable action. I wonder where we sit on wanting to develop trade with a country that kills its own citizens in consular buildings.

The question for the world is what do they do now?

My guess is it will all be ignored after a few strongly worded statements.


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