Published: Wed, November 21, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Report on Khashoggi’s death coming in two days, says Trump

Report on Khashoggi’s death coming in two days, says Trump

The Treasury sanctions list included Saud al-Qahtani, a former senior aide to the crown prince; the Saudi consul general in Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, in whose diplomatic mission Khashoggi was killed; and Maher Mutreb, described as a Qahtani "subordinate", a security official who has frequently traveled with Mohammed and was photographed entering and leaving the consulate in Istanbul on the day of the killing. He says "as before, there are more questions than answers in this case, with the crime itself and who is behind it". "These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

Official says USA intelligence has concluded Saudi crown prince ordered killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

"We'll be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or Tuesday", Mr Trump said.

"We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those accountable who planned, led and were connected to the murder".

Trump and other members of his administration have emphasized Saudi Arabia's importance to US objectives in the Middle East, including a pending Israeli-Palestinian peace plan and the campaign against Iran, and stressed the economic importance of the arms sales.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders provided no details of his call but said the president has confidence in the Central Intelligence Agency.

Shalaan al-Shaalan, the kingdom's deputy public prosecutor, revealed that 21 people are in custody over the grisly killing and charges have been brought against 11 of them.

The Arab League expressed support for the measures taken by the Kingdom.

The newspaper said it was not known whether the ambassador knew Khashoggi would be killed. "The Government of Saudi Arabia must take appropriate steps to end any targeting of political dissidents or journalists".

Trump has called the killing a botched operation that was carried out very poorly and has said "the coverup was one of the worst coverups in the history of coverups". Trump said in a statement Tuesday that the US does not condone the killing of the U.S-based Saudi columnist, but that "foolishly" canceling $110 billion in arms sales - as some in Congress have suggested - would only mean that Saudi Arabia would go to other countries to acquire them.

But he has resisted calls to cut off arms sales to the kingdom and has been reluctant to antagonize the Saudi rulers.

This past week, USA intelligence officials briefed members of the Senate and House intelligence committees, and the Treasury Department announced economic sanctions on 17 Saudi officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the killing.

Vice-President Mike Pence told reporters travelling with him at a summit of Pacific Rim nations in Papua New Guinea that he could not comment on "classified information". Trump says the king and crown prince of Saudi Arabia "vigorously deny" any knowledge of the planning and execution of the October 2 murder of The Washington Post columnist at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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