Saudis threaten global economic repercussions if punished for 'murdered' journalist


As questions swirl over the fate of Khashoggi - a Saudi critic who has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2 - some big business names and media outlets have pulled out of the Kingdom's second Future Investment Initiative.

Saudis accused of ordering the murder of dissent reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi holds a photo of the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashogg.

Journalists report from outside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

The paper further elaborated by claiming that Saudi intelligence agents had realized after Khashoggi died that the watch was recording, prompting them to use his fingerprint to unlock it. However, Apple Watches do not have a fingerprint ID unlock function like iPhones.

Turkish officials have not answered queries from The Associated Press about Khashoggi's Apple Watch.

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since last week.


They have also alleged that they have video of the killing, but not explained how they have it. Saudi Arabia insists Mr. Khashoggi left the building safely and dismissed accusations that authorities had ordered his murder by a hit squad as "lies and baseless allegations".

But Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt shot back that Jeremy Corbyn had not even managed to condemn Russian Federation after the Salisbury nerve agent attack.

The statement came hours after Saudi Arabia's state-run Saudi Press Agency hit back at the growing chorus of worldwide voices threatening punishment if the Saudi state is found with blood on its hands. "We have conveyed this message directly to the Saudi authorities".

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However, Mr Trump added the USA would be "punishing itself" if it cancelled military sales to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi. Bernie Sanders said Sunday that if journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudis, the United States should distance itself from the Middle Eastern kingdom and cut ties to the war in Yemen.

US-Saudi relations have grown even stronger since Trump took office.

President Donald Trump vows "severe punishment" if it is discovered that the Saudi Arabian government is behind the disappearance or death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Bahrain reiterates its firm stance with Saudi Arabia in all its policies and efforts to confront the various threats and risks facing the global community, extremism and terrorism, as well as the Kingdom's efforts to promote worldwide cooperation at various political, economic and security levels and its enormous potential in promoting peace and stability throughout the world", said Bahrain News Agency. No details of the conversation were released.

In her op-ed for the Times, Cengiz mourned Khashoggi while celebrating his life's work.

Turkish government sources say police believe he was killed but Riyadh denies that.

"Human rights, freedom of information are essential rights and horrifying things have been reported and I am horrified", she told reporters in Bali where the International Monetary Fund is holding annual meetings. She said they would have been married this week and had planned a life together split between Istanbul and the USA, where Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile since previous year.

A delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived in Turkey on Friday as part of a joint investigation into the writer's disappearance.

Mr Trump said: "They are ordering military equipment". He also voiced appreciation for the positions of Saudi Arabia, "which has always supported -and still does - our just cause and the rights of our people".

As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving.