Saudi Arabia calls Jamal Khashoggi killing a 'grave mistake'

The revelations come amid reports by experts of a massive increase in both the activity and presence of pro Saudi automated Twitter accounts since Khashoggi’s killing. Stock Image

The revelations come amid reports by experts of a massive increase in both the activity and presence of pro Saudi automated Twitter accounts since Khashoggi’s killing. Stock Image

Saudi Arabia claims that Jamal Khashoggi died in a physical altercation inside its consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudis were arrested and that several top intelligence officials were fired.

Mr Hunt said he had been in talks with European Union partners to "extend the sanctions regime to individuals for human rights violations".

"Right now as an administration we're more in the fact-finding phase", Kushner, who has a close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohemmad bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto leader, told political commentator Van Jones during CNN's Citizen Conference. "This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", Jubeir said on the U.S. broadcaster, Fox. He did not say when or by what means he had communicated with the Crown Prince.

"If you want a next step that has been sanctioned by Parliament, our Parliament, the Magnitsky law.could be something that should be looked at", said Clement.

He told MPs: 'We have an important strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia involving defence and security co-operation which has saved lives on the streets of Britain.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also convened a meeting of the government's new the Incident Response Group, which includes cabinet ministers and senior government officials, to discuss the Khashoggi affair.

Saudi authorities have said Khashoggi died in a fight with Saudi officials at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Turkish officials say he was tortured, killed and dismembered at the diplomatic outpost. We are determined to find out all the facts.

Kushner said his advice to Prince Mohammed has been to "be transparent" in his proceedings.

The source said dressing Madani up as Khashoggi and claiming he left the building was a plan hatched before Khashoggi's death, and shows that his killing was premeditated.

MEE understands that the Turkish prosecutor-general has accrued enough evidence to charge all 15 Saudi suspects with murder, but is waiting until some or all of Khashoggi's body has been recovered to issue a final report.

The murder has sparked global outcry, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowing on Sunday to suspend arms exports to Riyadh until uncertainty over the fate of Khashoggi vanishes.

As Saudi Arabia faced intensifying worldwide scepticism over its story about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior government official laid out a new version of the death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that contradicts previous explanations.

The man who left, Mustafa al-Madani, was not only wearing Khashoggi's clothes, but he also had the same glasses and was sporting a fake beard.

"There remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened on October 2nd - beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible", the statement said.

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