Will Khashoggi Killing Trigger Saudi Crown Prince's Downfall?

Jamal Khashoggi

Security personnel guarding Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. Lefteris Pitarakis AP

Turkish authorities have steadfastly disputed that account, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan using a major speech Tuesday to say Turkey believes Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated".

U.S. President Donald Trump said he is passing responsibility to Congress for responding to the killing of U.S. -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Khashoggi's death had been a "mistake" but denied that the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered it. Turkish officials say he was killed by a team of 15 hit men from Saudi Arabia.

Following more than two weeks of denials, Saudi Arabia admitted on Friday via state television that the journalist had been killed in a fight inside the consulate.

"When we look at the events in the past year, now more than ever Canada has to recognize that we are pumping billions of dollars into the Saudi economy by importing their oil", Scheer said.

But the Turkish leader did not mention some of the most striking claims that appeared in the Turkish press in recent days, notably that Khashoggi's body was cut up into multiple pieces, and that there is an audio recording of the murder.

Trump's comments about the incident in recent days have ranged from threatening Saudi Arabia with "very severe" consequences and mentioning possible economic sanctions, to more conciliatory remarks highlighting the country's role as a United States ally against Iran, as well as a major purchaser of U.S. arms.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting with son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh. "As of now we expect of them to openly bring to light those responsible - from the highest ranked to the lowest - and to bring them to justice". London, Ontario-based General Dynamics Land Systems, a unit of US -based General Dynamics Corp., manufactures armored vehicles under a contract with Saudi Arabia signed by the Canadian government in 2014.

Pence insisted the "full resources" of the US intelligence services were working with Turkey.

Jubeir called the killing of Khashoggi a bad mistake and offered condolences to his family.

But Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih acknowledged "we are going through a crisis".

"We have frozen export permits before when we had concerns about their potential misuse, and we won't hesitate to do so again, ” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday".

Separately, Erdogan offered condolences to the family and relatives of Khashoggi.

Turkey's president has pledged to reveal the case "in all its nakedness" (AP) Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo also said that the State Department is working with the U.S. Treasury to review if Global Magnitsky Act sanctions could be applied to those involved.

"Covering up a savage murder like this will only hurt the human conscience".

Erdogan has led a crackdown in Turkey on police officers, intelligence agents, and journalists in the name of national security.

While Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has been loudly critical of Saudi Arabia over the case, which has caused worldwide backlash, Trump recently told reporters that he wanted to get all the facts at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul before agreeing with him.

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