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Saudi operative wore Khashoggi’s clothes, acted as decoy to fool Turkish police

23 October 2018

"We condemn this act in the strongest terms. there is an urgent need to clarify what happened", she said, referring to the Saudi killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist who wrote for United States newspaper The Washington Post. Salah thanked the king for his condolences, according to the SPA report dated Monday (Oct 22).

A group of top USA lawmakers say Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish officials say the Turkish president and his American counterpart have spoken over the phone and discussed the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The kingdom acknowledged early Saturday that Khashoggi died in a brawl in its consulate, but did not give any explanation on the cause of his death.

But doubts remain in the global community over whether the admission really means that the Saudi government is willing to come clean, especially over any involvement by the crown prince. The journalist has relatives in Saudi Arabia and his three children who hold U.S. citizenship.

Senior aides close to the prince have been fired over Khashoggi's killing, and 18 suspects have been arrested.

An hour later, another Saudi official attributed the death to a chokehold, which the senior official reiterated.

"We ought to suspend military sales, we ought to suspend certain security assistance and we ought to impose sanctions on any of those that were directly involved in this murder", Schiff said.

"Their stories are all over the place", he said, but emphasized the importance of US-Saudi relationship to Washington's regional strategic goals.

"There remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened. beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible".

Meanwhile, Saudi state media reported that both Prince Mohammed and King Salman made calls to Khashoggi's son, Salah, early on Monday morning.

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Anonymous Saudi officials have told Western media outlets in recent days that Khashoggi's corpse was rolled into a carpet and handed to a "local collaborator" to dispose of.

By denying any knowledge of the dissident journalist's fate for weeks, the Saudi government has forfeited the civilized world's obligation to take the polite version seriously.

The UK, France and Germany issued a joint statement expressing shock at the death and demanding a full explanation, saying: "Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey October 21, 2018.

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday he is not satisfied with Saudi Arabia's handling of Mr Khashoggi's death and said questions remain unanswered.

Not only did they ostensibly bring in a body double, but according to this report, it appears they also dressed him in Khashoggi's very clothes in an attempt to mislead those looking into his disappearance.

"Khashoggi was detained by the Saudi team inside the consulate building". He also said Prince Mohammed was not responsible.

Speaking late Saturday after a campaign rally in Nevada, Trump said he will be working with Congress on the U.S.' official response.

"The threatening, attacking or killing of journalists, under any circumstances, is unacceptable and of utmost concern to our three nations".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the suspension of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that they can not be done under the "current circumstances", in reference to the Khashoggi case.

Saudi operative wore Khashoggi’s clothes, acted as decoy to fool Turkish police