Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Angela Merkel to halt Saudi arms sales after Jamal Khashoggi's death

Angela Merkel to halt Saudi arms sales after Jamal Khashoggi's death

After a fortnight of denials, Saudi authorities admitted Saturday that Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and prominent critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after entering the consulate in Turkey on October 2.

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.

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin called in a statement for the expulsion of the Saudi ambassador from the United States - Prince Khalid bin Salman, the crown prince's younger brother - pending completion of a "third-party investigation into the kidnap and murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

He added it was premature to comment on possible US sanctions against Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's death while an investigation is pending.

Meanwhile in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to reveal within days the "naked truth" over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, insisted on Sunday that crown prince was "not aware" of the killing and that the kingdom does not know where the body is.

Mr Trump has cited a planned US$110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia as a reason for a cautious approach, although many components of that package had been set in motion months or years before he took office.

In a statement Sunday, the governments said attacks on journalists were unacceptable and "of utmost concern to our three nations".

Slowly but surely, the facts are coming out - no thanks to Saudi Arabia.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Sunday that she supports a freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia. "They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it". "Yes, I think he did it", Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN, referring to the crown prince. "All of this needs to be explained in all its details", Erdogan said.

He says of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally: "The Turks have been talking more to the media than they have us".

The kingdom acknowledged early Saturday that Khashoggi died in a brawl in its consulate, but did not give any explanation on the cause of his death.

He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident, had been killed or where his body was.

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate by the Saudi agents and his body cut up.

The Saudi official presented what he said were Saudi internal intelligence documents which appeared to show the initiative to bring back dissidents as well as the specific one involving Mr Khashoggi.

Mr Trump added that he has yet to be shown any evidence by intelligence officials that would make him believe MBS had any direct role. That explanation has sparked allegations of a cover-up meant to shield the powerful crown prince. "And I think we're inching our way there".

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