Suspects in Khashoggi case had ties to Saudi Crown Prince

Posted October 18, 2018

Turkish government sources have said police believe the journalist was killed by a special team of 15 Saudi officials sent to Istanbul especially for the task.

"There is not a doubt in my mind that USA intelligence knows exactly what the Saudis did to Jamal Khashoggi", Ploughshares Fund president Joe Cirincione wrote on Twitter in response to the Times report.

Two weeks ago, Khashoggi entered the consulate to finish paperwork for his upcoming wedding and vanished.

Earlier, President Donald Trump gave Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt in Khashoggi's disappearance, while US lawmakers pointed the finger at the Saudi leadership and Western pressure mounted on Riyadh to provide answers.

"We had direct and candid conversations", Pompeo said of his meetings with the Saudi King Salman, his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

The close US ally is ruled entirely by the Al Saud monarchy, and all major decisions in the ultraconservative kingdom are made by the royal family.

Canadian and global foreign policy towards Saudi Arabia can't be driven by revulsion over the treatment of individual human rights cases, Canada's most recent ambassador to the country says.

Saudi Arabia agreed on the need for a "thorough" investigation into the Khashoggi's disappearance, a USA spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said following a meeting between Pompeo, who is the U.S. secretary of state, and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. Maybe - I - I don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers.

Daniels' defamation lawsuit against Trump, who she allegedly hooked up with during a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, California, in 2006, was thrown out by a judge this week, and the POTUS wasted no time in commenting on the whole thing. Under the Vienna Convention, diplomatic posts are technically foreign soil that must be protected and respected by host countries. Turkish police remained inside Saudi consulate for eight hours.

The fifth suspect is an autopsy expert, Salah al-Tubaigy, who the Times said identified himself on his Twitter account as the head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics.

The president added, "We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial".

"I think we have to find out what happened first", Trump said.

Turkish authorities have already said they have audio evidence pointing to the murder.

The third suspect is identified as Thaar Ghaleb al-Barbi, who in 2017 was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Saudi royal guard for his valor in the defense of the crown prince's palace in Jeddah, according to Saudi media.

Pompeo, arriving fresh from talks in Saudi Arabia, touched down at Ankara's Esenboga Airport, and immediately went into a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the VIP lounge before the Turkish leader flies to Moldova, an AFP correspondent said. So if the U.S. sanctions Saudi Arabia and the Saudis slash oil production in retaliation, that could mean a big spike in global oil prices.

Trump previously warned of "severe punishment" for the kingdom if it was found to be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance, which has spooked investors.

"Riyadh will have to provide some explanation of the journalist's disappearance, but in a manner that distances the leadership from any claim that a decision was made at senior levels to assassinate the prominent journalist".