Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee reveals he didn't want to go to Saudi consulate

Hugh Fox
October 29, 2018

"But he said he didn't", she says.

"It is tragic that it took his death to get the Saudi authorities to grant them the freedom to travel", Slim told AFP.

Mr Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate on October 2 to obtain documents relating to his upcoming marriage to a 36-year-old Turkish woman he had met at a conference in May this year.

Turkish authorities are investigating a well at the Saudi consul's residence where it is thought Mr Khashoggi's body was dumped after the killing. His condemnation of the killing as "heinous" and "painful" has so far failed to ease suspicions that such a high-level operation could have been carried out without his knowledge.

Al-Jubeir addressed the Khashoggi case in a question-and-answer session, in which several reporters asked different questions about Saudi Arabia's handling of the case.

This month, President Donald Trump said Saudi Arabia's King Salman might not last two weeks without the United States, escalating pressure on the Saudis to curb rising oil prices and to pay for military protection.

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"We're trying to uncover what happened".

But he cautioned that "investigations take time".

Germany and Saudi Arabia only returned their ambassadors in September after 10 months of frosty relations following criticism from Berlin of what it said was Saudi interference in Lebanese affairs.

Saudi state television quoted the Saudi public prosecutor on Thursday as saying Riyadh was interrogating suspects on the basis of information given by a joint Saudi-Turkish task force. That earlier assertion, in turn, backtracked from an initial statement that Saudi authorities knew nothing about what happened to the columnist for The Washington Post, who vanished after entering the consulate October 2.

"This issue has become fairly hysterical". King Salman has assigned his son, the crown prince, to oversee the restructuring of the kingdom's intelligence bodies in the aftermath of the killing.

The Turkish president had earlier urged that all those behind the murder should be brought to justice and tried in Istanbul.

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She added that Khashoggi's "voice and his ideas will reverberate, from Turkey to Saudi Arabia, and across the world". Al-Jubeir appeared to reject that notion.

Adel al-Jubeir told a security forum hosted by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Bahrain that people were blaming Saudi Arabia prematurely.

After initially claiming that the journalist left the consulate, Saudi prosecutors said Thursday that Turkish evidence shows the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated.

The CIA had no comment on a Washington Post report that Haspel had listened to audio purportedly capturing Khashoggi's killing.

A Saudi prosecutor is set to meet his Turkish counterpart in Istanbul as part of an ongoing probe into the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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