Saudi Crown Prince Spoke to Khashoggi by Phone Moments Before He Was Killed

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(ZHE— Within the newest bombshell report involving the Khashoggi homicide, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman reportedly spoke on the cellphone with journalist Jamal Khashoggi moments earlier than he was murdered within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish pro-government day by day Yeni Safak disclosed the brand new alleged particulars of the case in a report on Sunday, contradicting claims by Saudi authorities that Prince Mohammed performed no half in Khashoggi’s homicide.

“Khashoggi was detained by the Saudi staff contained in the consulate constructing. Then Prince Mohammed contacted Khashoggi by cellphone and tried to persuade him to return to Riyadh,” the report stated.

“Khashoggi refused Prince Mohammed’s provide out of concern he can be arrested and killed if he returned. The assassination staff then killed Khashoggi after the dialog ended,” it added.

Whereas the report is thus far unconfirmed, the New Arab stories that thus far Turkish pro-government media have been receiving a gentle stream of leaks lots of which turned out to be correct, together with footage of the hit staff as they entered Turkey and stories of audio recordings of the homicide stated to be within the possession of Turkish authorities.

In the meantime, the Saudi model of occasions has been altering considerably over the previous two weeks with authorities conceded Saturday that Khashoggi, the Washington Publish columnist and a Riyadh critic, was killed inside the dominion’s Istanbul diplomatic compound following a “brawl”. The admission got here after a fortnight of denials with the insistence that the journalist left the consulate alive, beginning on October 5, when Crown Prince MBS informed Bloomberg that Khashoggi was not contained in the consulate and “we’re able to welcome the Turkish authorities to go and search our premises”.

On Saturday, the dominion introduced it had fired 5 prime officers and arrested 18 others in an investigation into the killing – a transfer that has extensively been considered as an try and cowl up the crown prince’s position within the homicide.

The shifting Saudi narrative of the killing has been met with skepticism and condemnation from the worldwide group, and has left the U.S. and different allies struggling for a response on Sunday. As Bloomberg reports, France demanded extra info, Germany put arms gross sales to Riyadh on maintain and the Trump administration careworn the important significance of the dominion and its financial system to the U.S.

In Sunday radio and TV interviews, Dominic Raab, the U.Ok. politician accountable for negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union, described the newest Saudi account as not credible; French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire referred to as for “the reality’’; and Germany’s Overseas Minister Heiko Maas stated his authorities would approve no arms gross sales as long as the investigation was ongoing.

Earlier on Sunday, Saudi Overseas Minister Adel al-Jubeir acknowledged a cover-up try. The dramatic reversal, after Saudi officers had beforehand stated the columnist left the constructing alive, has solely sophisticated the problem for allies.

Saudi Arabia’s al-Jubeir informed Fox Information on Sunday that the journalist’s demise was an “aberration.”

“There clearly was an amazing mistake made and what compounded the error was the try and cowl up,” he stated, promising that “these accountable shall be punished for it.”

Extra importantly, he stated that Prince Mohammed had no data of the occasions, though if the Turkish report is confirmed, it is going to be yet one more main flaw with the official narrative.

A number of senior members of US President Donald Trump’s Republican Social gathering stated they believed Prince Mohammed was linked to the killing, and one referred to as for a “collective” Western response if a hyperlink is proved. In an interview with The Washington Publish, President Trump, too, stated the Saudi narrative had been marked by “deception and lies.’’ But he additionally defended Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as a “robust particular person,’’ and stated there was no proof of his involvement in Khashoggi’s demise. Some members of Congress have questioned his willingness to exonerate the prince.

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“Clearly there’s been deception and there’s been lies,” Trump stated on the shifting accounts supplied by Riyadh.

On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to reveal particulars concerning the case at a gathering of his AK Social gathering’s parliamentary faction on Tuesday, Haberturk newspaper reported.

In the meantime, as Western companies and high-ranked officers scramble to keep away from any Saudi involvement, Russia is very happy to step in and fill the facility vacuum void left by the US. In consequence, Russian companies are flocking to attend the funding discussion board in Saudi Arabia, as Western counterparts pull out.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had appreciable success boosting Moscow’s affect within the Center East at U.S. expense, by standing by regimes that fall afoul of the West, together with in Syria and Iran. Final week Putin signed a strategic and partnership settlement with Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, backed by $25 billion in loans to construct nuclear reactors. Till El-Sisi got here to energy, Egypt had been intently allied to the U.S.

In the meantime, all eyes are mounted squarely on the Crown Prince whose place of energy is trying more and more perilous. Congressional leaders on Sunday dismissed the story proffered earlier by the Saudis, with Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bob Corker of Tennessee saying they believed the crown prince was seemingly concerned in Khashoggi’s demise.

Lawmakers stated they consider the U.S. should impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia or take different motion if the crown prince is proven to have been concerned. Talking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, stated the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. ought to be formally expelled till a third-party investigation is completed. He stated the U.S. ought to name on its allies to do the identical.

“Until the Saudi kingdom understands that civilized nations world wide are going to reject this conduct and ensure that they pay a value for it, they’ll proceed doing it,”’ Durbin stated.

The apparent query is what occurs and the way the Saudi royal household will reply whether it is pushed too far, and whether or not the worst case situation, a pointy minimize in oil exports, may very well be on the desk if MBS looks like he has little to lose from escalating the state of affairs past some extent of no return.

By Tyler Durden / Republished with permission / Zero Hedge / Report a typo

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