Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Istanbul demands Saudis reveal whereabouts of Khashoggi's body

Istanbul demands Saudis reveal whereabouts of Khashoggi's body

The United States is urging Saudi Arabia to locate the body of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi and return it to his family as soon as possible.

State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters Washington will "hold accountable not only those who executed the murder, but also those who led, were involved and were connected to it".

The location of Khashoggi's remains is one of many unanswered questions in the case.

Khashoggi had entered the consulate to get papers he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who waited for him outside for hours before she alerted Turkish authorities.

According to the Post, Kushner has been lobbying on behalf of the heir to the Saudi throne and has emphasised the strategic importance of the US-Saudi alliance.

The Turkish official quoted by the Washington Post said that "biological evidence" found in the consulate's garden indicated the body was likely disposed of near where Khashoggi was killed.

Saudi Arabia faces sharp criticism from the worldwide community in the wake of the death.

The Turkish fiancée of Jamal Khashoggi called Friday for President Donald Trump's help in pressuring Saudi Arabia to reveal the location of the slain journalist's body, even as she criticized the US administration for its dealings with the kingdom.

Claims that Khashoggi had died in a fight followed - and last week, a Saudi prosecutor said the killing was premeditated.

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He also said Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The call from Mohammed bin Salman took place before Saudi Arabia acknowledged that the writer was murdered and urged Kushner, President's Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser, and Bolton to maintain the alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post reported.

"The Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation", she wrote, adding that "there will be no cover-up".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday it may take "a handful more weeks" before Washington has enough evidence to impose sanctions on the individuals responsible.

The reported phone call to the White House came before Saudi Arabia admitted Khashoggi had been killed.

The kingdom has faced a torrent of global condemnation over the murder of Khashoggi, upending the young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's image as a reformer on the worldwide stage.

The murder, initially covered up by Saudi officials, caused a diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and its allies.

"One thing Britain urgently needs to do is halt all further arms sales to the Saudi Arabia and other members of the military coalition in Yemen", she said.

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