Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Independent inquiry needed into death of journalist - Greens

Independent inquiry needed into death of journalist - Greens

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and columnist for The Washington Post, had gone missing since entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Saudi Arabia's leaders have promised the reveal within days what happened to Khashoggi, who lived in the USA and wrote for the Washington Post, after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2 to retrieve a document for his wedding.

The statement contradicts reports by pro-government media in Turkey, which have published surveillance video and other material suggesting Mr Khashoggi was killed by an assassination squad with ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

However, a CNN reporter clarified that her sources mentioned that Khashoggi had died after he was put in a "choke-hold" during interrogation in the Saudi consulate. The statement also did not shed any light on what happened to Khashoggi's body after his death.

Saudi Arabia's judiciary enjoys full autonomy to deal with the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Kingdom's Justice Minister Dr. Waleed Al-Samaani said in a statement issued by state news agency SPA on Saturday.

It has also evolved into a major crisis for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a Trump administration favourite widely known as MBS, whose image as a modernising Arab reformer has been gravely undermined.

American arms manufacturers make up more than half of all weapons imports to Saudi Arabia, the Institute finds.

Another Republican Senator, Marco Rubio, called for an investigation and sanctions imposed against those responsible.

"My concern is there is a heavy-handed diplomatic political force that has suppressed the transparency of the legal investigation by the Turks, and the same thing will be done by Saudi Arabia". "The latest one about a fist fight gone bad is freakish", he tweeted, renewing his call for sanctions against those responsible. Sultan Barakat, director of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies at the Doha Institute, said while Saudi Arabia has managed to "find scapegoats" for now, it would be hard for King Salman to stand by his son if Turkey were to reveal the purported evidence.

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"But this action raises more questions than it answers and there is no way the world will wait for 30 days for a Saudi investigation to be done", Blumenthal said.

"This can not stand. This will not do", Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison added on Sunday.

"The Secretary-General is deeply troubled by the confirmation of the death of Jamal Khashoggi".

US President Donald Trump indicated he believed the Saudi narrative was credible.

Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the United States should pursue sanctions against Saudis involved in Khashoggi's death under a U.S. law named after Sergei Magnitsky, the anti-corruption Russian accountant who died in custody.

On the Saudi arrests, he added: "It's a big first step". It was a good first step. Given the days of indignant denials by the Saudi leadership it's doubtful we would have even got this far without sustained global pressure.

It added Royal court advisor Saud al-Qahtani and intelligence chief Ahmed Amiri have been saved from their positions.

He told German public broadcaster ARD on Saturday that "as long as these investigations continue, as long as we don't know what happened there, there's no basis for reaching positive decisions on arms exports to Saudi Arabia".

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