Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

US President Donald Trump threatens Saudis with "severe punishment"

US President Donald Trump threatens Saudis with

Turkey is pressing the United Kingdom to use its influence to ensure Saudi Arabia abides by its commitment to launch a joint investigation into the disappearance and likely murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, top Turkish authorities have told US news organizations that they believe Khashoggi was assassinated at the consulate on orders from Saudi Arabia's royal court.

Ottawa will keep its $15bn arms deal with Riyadh despite concerns over Saudi involvement in the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the diplomatic row over human rights, Prime Minister Trudeau said.

He added: "There's something really awful and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see.We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment".

President Donald Trump said the USA could take "very, very powerful, very strong, strong measures" against the kingdom if its leaders are found responsible for the Saudi citizen's fate.

The Saudi Government issued a statement condemning and denouncing "the false accusations circulated in media reports on the Saudi Government and other people in the purported relation to the disappearance" of Khashoggi.

Cengiz also didn't just call for an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, she urged for the responsible party, "irrespective of their political positions", to be punished.

Trump also said on Saturday that he would meet with Khashoggi's family.

Saudi Arabia dismissed allegations that it ordered his killing as "lies".

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Alqasem reportedly appeared calm during her appearance in Tel Aviv District Court to fight her deportation back to the U.S. Alqasem, a graduate student, was registered to study human rights at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, according to the AP.

The Saudi dissent vanished after entering the Gulf kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey 12 days ago.

Mr Trump said he would probably speak to Saudi Arabia's King Salman over the weekend "because I think it's appropriate for me to ask him what's going on".

"I actually think we'd be punishing ourselves if we did that", Trump said, according to Reuters.

He added: "I'll tell you what I don't want to do".

Government-backed Saudi Arabian media outlets are trying to portray the disappearance of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a "conspiracy" targeting the kingdom.

Citing US intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the matter, the American daily reported Wednesday that details of the operation bore the hallmarks of a "rendition". "From where we sit, we don't see any demand for Saudi equities at all". The kingdom has maintained the allegations against it are "baseless", though an official early on Saturday - on Khashoggi's 60th birthday - acknowledged for the first time that some believe the writer was killed by the kingdom. He said: "If they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China", he said.

The writer, who has written critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after going into the consulate on October 2.

The row has intensified with the Washington Post reporting that Turkish officials have recordings made from inside the building that allegedly prove their claims Khashoggi was tortured and killed at the consulate.

She said investigators were examining his cellphones, which he had left with her.

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