Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi was killed in consulate

Saudi Arabia has admitted that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in their consulate in Istanbul, but say it was a result of a fight. And Donald trump says that sounds credible.

Al Jazeera:  Saudi Arabia admits Jamal Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate

Saudi Arabia has admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, according to the kingdom’s state media.

The official SPA press agency said on Saturday that preliminary results of investigations showed that the dissident writer died after a fight broke out inside the building.

“An argument erupted between him [Khashoggi] and others whom he met in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul leading to a fist fight which led to his death,” SPA reported.

“The investigations are still under way and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested,” a statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said, adding Royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Asiri have been sacked from their positions.

It remains unclear where Khashoggi’s body is following his killing.

As well as sounding like extremely unlikely, aka bullshit, it leaves many questions unanswered apart from where his body is, like why his body disappeared and why it took so long to admit he died.

Guardian – Jamal Khashoggi death: Donald Trump says Saudi explanation is ‘credible’

Friday 28 September

Khashoggi, after seeking assurances for his safety, visits the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork he needs in order to get married. He is told to return next week when the documents will be ready.

Tuesday 2 October

The journalist pays a second visit to the Saudi consulate. Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancee, waits outside the building for several hours with his personal effects including his phone – these are not allowed to be taken inside the diplomatic building – and then calls the police when he does not return.

Wednesday 3 October

The Saudi government issues a statement confirming Khashoggi is missing. It says he disappeared after leaving the consulate building the day before and it is working with the Turkish authorities to find him.

So they lied.

Donald Trump says Saudi explanation is ‘credible’

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18 Comments

  1. duperez

     /  October 20, 2018

    “Donald Trump says Saudi explanation is credible”?

    The Saudis could say one of their guards dropped his knife on the floor and Khashoggi tripped on in and slit his throat and Trump would say it was credible.

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  2. Blazer

     /  October 20, 2018

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    • Gezza

       /  October 20, 2018

      I have to say the Europeans aren’t really any better. They’ve pulled their Ministers out of attending Davos In The Desert because it’s “Not appropriate at this time”. Just needs more road cones.

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      • Gezza

         /  October 20, 2018

        Don’t know what the downtick’s for. It’s been candidly discussed on Aljaz for days how dependent they are on Saudi money and their own arms sales in some cases are a significant economic gold mine they don’t want to throw away either.

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        • Blazer

           /  October 20, 2018

          the thin veneer of respectability and morality of the western world gets peeled back ..every day.

          What are we?

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          • Gezza

             /  October 20, 2018

            NZ? Quiet as mice, keeping our heads down I think. Has our Foreign Minister said anything critical yet? Haven’t heard or seen anything.

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  3. Corky

     /  October 20, 2018

    If you see the way these pricks slaughtered the sheep we sent them, then it’s probable Khashoggi had a slow and very painful death. His last breath would have been a blessed relief.

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  4. NOEL

     /  October 20, 2018

    I feel sorry for his Turkish partner. What should have been an unbiased investigation by a criminal investigation team has been turned into a political circus.

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  October 20, 2018

    As I said earlier, no-one could believe this b.s. story, least of all those who claim to.

    Saudis have descended into pariah status.

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    • Gezza

       /  October 20, 2018

      Not at all. Just a few rogue elements. Obviously Khasoggi went there to attack anybody who wanted to give him documents for reasons only he could possibly know. The rest of them are actually fine men, with a lot of money, and a lot of oil, and a lot of fondness for Western & particularly US arms purchases. I gather. At least as far as the White House Tweeter-In Chief and Arms Dealer in chief is concerned. So far. I wonder if the Turks will ever release the recordings.

      I noticed on NewShub tonite according to Trumpy, the number of US jobs they’re helpfully funding has gone from 500,000 to 600,000. It could well be a million by the end of next week.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  October 20, 2018

        The touchy bugger obviously took offense at having his fingers cut off and got aggro. Case solved.

        The proper response is to close all Saudi embassies and boycott their oil. Except that the loony Left don’t want usvto have our own.

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        • PartisanZ

           /  October 20, 2018

          Alan I’ve got a Saudi Arabian sheep station I can sell you …

          McCullyVale … ah, no, sorry … McCullyVeil …

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        • Gezza

           /  October 20, 2018

          I thought regime change was all the rage at the moment ?

          Aljaz tv is currently reporting 5 high ranking officials have been fired by the Saudis, including a Head (or deputy Head) of Saudi Intelligence, & 15 unnamed “suspects” have been arrested, and Mohammed Bin Salman has been put in charge of overhauling the Saudi Security Services.

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          • Gezza

             /  October 20, 2018

            Trump was also shown visiting an arms manufacturer & saying at a sit-down there it’s a $150 billion sale. Their Washington reporter said these numbers are nowhere near correct. It’s actually a $110 bn deal, the great bulk of which was neotitated under the Obama Arms Dealing regime. All Trump did was bump it up a bit & claim credit for the lot.

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  6. PartisanZ

     /  October 20, 2018

    The bizarre irony of it all is that the extremely capitalist & so-called ‘democratic’ globalized ‘free market’ paradigm of neoliberalism always was and certainly is now, largely dependent on resources, ‘investment’ and labour from communist and muslim totalitarian regimes …

    “But so many millions have been lifted out of poverty” cry the Righties.

    And our ‘democracy’ has been dragged down into a quagmire of ‘political poverty’ by the Righties …

    We’ve arrived at a point where standing up for ‘democratic principles’ is simply perceived as “bite the hand that feeds you” … the Left (Communist) or Right (Muslim) hand … and consequently shied away from …

    Meanwhile, at home, it transpires that as well as these forms of totalitarianism propping up our economy (and hence neoliberalism itself) … they’ve been buying off our politics (and hence democracy itself) … mockingly, in the form of our seeming most ‘capitalist’ political party …

    How’s that for oblique?

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  7. Zedd

     /  October 21, 2018

    Did anyone really think, that MrT was going to come out ‘on the attack’ against the Saudis.. after he received medals/awards & attended their ‘sword dance’ ceremony. It looks like he is too deep in it, to now back out. :/

    MrT even said ‘I could probably shoot someone & get away with it’.. money, power & privilege & a sense of being ‘above the law’ & beyond anything like/called ‘the truth’

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  October 21, 2018

      The Saudis are lying killers like pretty much the whole middle east. You only get to choose between rich ones and poor ones.

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      • Blazer

         /  October 21, 2018

        the Right inevitably befriend and protect the ..rich ones…mainly for…financial..reasons.

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