Saudi Arabia’s Jamal Khashoggi Death Explanation 'Not Credible', Says Dominic Raab

Al-Qahtani worked as a media adviser to MBS after serving in several positions within the royal court

Al-Qahtani worked as a media adviser to MBS after serving in several positions within the royal court

The latest account, provided by a Saudi official who requested anonymity, includes details on how the team of 15 Saudi nationals sent to confront Khashoggi on October 2 had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted.

A bipartisan group of USA politicians has accused the Crown Prince of directing the operation, with Republican Senator Rand Paul telling Fox News that the USA "cannot continue to have relations with him and so I think he's going to have to be replaced".

According to the official's account, Khashoggi told an operative called Maher Mutreb he was violating diplomatic norms and said, "What are you going to do with me?"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued his assertion Sunday, as global skepticism of Saudi Arabia's claim that Mr. Khashoggi died in a "fist fight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul mounted amid new questions over what US intelligence agencies know of the case. "We don't know where the body is", Jubeir said, adding that the Saudi public prosecutor had ordered the detention of 18 individuals, "the first step in a long journey".

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Maas has also called into question the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia deployed an online army to harass dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and other critics of the kingdom on Twitter, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

When asked if he believes Saudi Arabia's explanation, Paul said, "Absolutely not, I think it's insulting". The kingdom also announced that it fired five top officials and a number of lower officials were also relieved of their posts.

However, they said the Saudi appointment would not now go ahead. "We don't know where the body is", but added investigators "are working" on specifics.

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The American senators argue that in Saudi Arabia, things of high magnitude can not be done without clearance from the top. They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it", he said.

On Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minster Heiko Maas said information provided by the Saudis was insufficient and sought more transparency from Riyadh, DW reported.

Saudi Arabia's explanation about the death of a dissident journalist is not "credible" but the United Kingdom is not preparing to terminate it relationship with the state, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said. Speaking late Saturday after a campaign rally in Nevada, Trump said he needs to learn more about the killing and will be working with Congress on the USA response.

American legislators are calling for sanctions, and the resignation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in the face of vacillation from President Donald Trump.

He stated that the journalist was approached by the "Saudi security team" when he entered the consulate, and that their account of what happened differed from that of Turkish officials.

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'Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms, ' it read.

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