Jamal Khashoggi was risky Islamist: Saudi Crown Prince Salman

Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist

Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist

What happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been the subject of denials, official leaks, presidential speeches, changing Saudi narrative and global outrage.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 24, 2018.

"Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood".

The body of slain reporter Jamal Khashoggi was cut up and dissolved in acid after he was killed at a Saudi consulate in Turkey a month ago, an adviser to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.

Pompeo told St. Louis radio station KMOX Thursday the USA administration is "continuing to understand the fact pattern" and added it is "reviewing putting sanctions on the individuals" who have so far been identified as being "engaged in that murder".

In a statement to The Washington Post, Khashoggi's family called the characterisation of the murdered columnist as a "dangerous Islamist" as inaccurate.

Khashoggi, 59, was the most powerful journalist in Saudi Arabia at one point of time and was very close to the ruling family.

"If democracy was well functioning and fear was not dominating, Turkey would stand up [protest]", he said.

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After the Saudi journalist first disappeared on October 2, Saudi Arabia claimed that he had left their Istanbul consulate soon after entering it.

Khashoggi had entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to collect a document he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee. However, as global pressure increased, Riyadh admitted that the killing was an error, carried out by rogue elements.

"His body was disposed of after being dismembered following his death by suffocation - again, in line with the plans", the statement said, according to Turkey's state-run Anadalou Agency.

But Pompeo emphasized, as Trump has, that "not only do we have important commercial relationships, but important strategic relationships, national security relationships with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

Reports have indicated they appeared unwilling to share knowledge over the investigation, however, with an unnamed Turkish official telling Agence France-Presse on Wednesday that the Saudis "seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators".

Netanyahu said at a news conference that Iran is a bigger threat than Saudi Arabia and those who want to punish the Middle East kingdom need to bear that in mind.

"The UK needs to completely re-appraise its relationship with Saudi Arabia, moving on from its failed softly-softly "engagement" approach to one where ministers raise human rights openly and frankly with their counterparts in Riyadh", she said.

She called on governments around the world to take action to reveal the truth, accusing the United States of taking a position "devoid of moral foundation".

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