Taiwo Lawrence Adeyemi: Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman as ‘toadeater’

26 October, 2018, 06:39 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • AFP  File | Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a fierce critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The Saudi prosecution has received information from Turkish investigators suggesting that the suspects meant to kill the Washington Post columnist, and will continue its probe in light of those findings, the official Saudi Press Agency said on Thursday.

Saudi officials initially denied having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the consulate on October 2 before changing the official account to say an internal investigation suggested he was accidentally killed in a botched operation to return him to the kingdom.

Turkish officials say the 15 men comprised a Saudi hit squad that included a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage on overseas trips.

On Thursday, the crown prince chaired the first meeting of the committee responsible for that shuffle, according to Saudi state media.

Trump has also insisted that killing will not interfere with United States arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing a $110bn deal with Riyadh he announced previous year.

The Future Investment Initiative (FII), nicknamed "Davos in the Desert", was overshadowed by worldwide outcry over the Saudi regime's alleged involvement in the journalist's death.

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King Salman, who has delegated the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to the crown prince, on Saturday ordered a restructuring of the general intelligence agency.

Also Thursday, the European Union issued a fresh condemnation of Khashoggi's killing and reiterated its skepticism that it could have been carried out without Mohammed's knowledge.

It's well known that WWE has come under some heat due to their relationship with the Saudi Arabian government after it was reported that the government ordered the murder of Khashoggi.

Mrs May told the Saudi head of state that his country's claim the journalist died in a fistfight "lacked credibility", before urging him to cooperate with the Turkish investigation into what happened.

The U.S. has always been Saudi Arabia's most important partner and Trump has made the kingdom the centerpiece of his efforts to isolate Iran.

Turkish media have also published a security camera image allegedly showing a vehicle belonging to the Saudi Consulate "scouting" a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul before Khashoggi was killed.

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Turkish sources alleged that body parts and a disfigured face had been found in the garden, Sky News reported, but the discovery has not been confirmed.

The prince's olive branch to Turkey appeared to dial back an escalation in rhetoric on Tuesday, when Erdogan made a speech timed to coincide with the opening of the conference in which he said the killing of 59-year-old Khashoggi was premeditated and the culprits should be punished even if they were senior officials.

The United States has already taken some steps toward punishing the suspects detained or fired by Saudi Arabia, revoking their visas.

It's unclear whether USA intelligence agrees.

The crown prince and King Salman earlier invited Khashoggi's son Salah and brother Sahel to the Yamama Palace in Riyadh to offer condolences.

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