Donald Trump says Saudi prince may be behind Khashoggi’s killing

Donald Trump says Saudi prince may be behind Khashoggi’s killing

Donald Trump says Saudi prince may be behind Khashoggi’s killing

Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi team, that includes at least one member from the prince's entourage, killed the writer at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Trump for the first time also appeared to indicate Prince Mohammed may have had a role in the Khashoggi case, telling the Wall Street Journal: "Well, the prince is running things over there if anybody were going to be, it would be him".

Turkish President Tayipp Erdogan is shedding light on his government's probe into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Wednesday joked about allegations that Lebanon's premier-designate Saad Hariri was detained in the kingdom previous year, saying he hoped his current visit does not spark "abduction" rumours.

"We are determined not to allow the murder to be covered up and for those responsible - from the person who gave the order to those who executed it - not to escape justice", he said.

The well was at centre of speculation yesterday that it may contain body parts belonging to the journalist.

Erdogan called on the King of Saudi Arabia for the 18 Saudi suspects linked to Khashoggi's death be tried in Istanbul.

"And I want to send them a message: you will never be able to do that".

Trump has come under bipartisan criticism for taking a soft stance on the Saudis and as recently as last weekend called the government's story "credible".

"We continue to view as achievable the twin imperative of protecting America and holding accountable those responsible for the killing of Mr. Khashoggi", Pompeo said.

After over two weeks of near silence, Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that the journalist was killed in its consulate in Istanbul, saying it was an unauthorized operation - a claim other countries, even the Western allies of Riyadh, have rejected. "I said, 'Where did it start?' And he said it started at lower levels".

The kingdom's announcement that Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" was met with worldwide skepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct responsibility.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel visited the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday for talks with officials about the killing of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate.

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. It first denied his death and later said Khashoggi - a US resident and columnist for the Washington Post - died inside the consulate after a fight.

"Saudi tyrant "MBS" - a.k.a. Mohammed Bone Saw - forces Jamal Khashoggi's son to do a PR photo-op handshake, days after ordering his father's torture, dismemberment and murder".

She said the Saudi arms sales policy was "under review", echoing comments made by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in parliament on Monday.

Khashoggi, 59, vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi mission to obtain documents for his wedding.

Here is, according to Erdogan, how the murder plot unfolded leading up to and including the day of the murder.

"We have to ask ourselves the question of what that means for our bilateral relations".

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