Saudis hit lies as Trump warns

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CAIRO, Oct 13, (Agen­cies): Saudi Arabia de­nied al­le­ga­tions re­gard­ing the mur­der of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi, Saudi In­te­rior Min­is­ter said late on Fri­day.

He said that al­le­ga­tions about or­ders to mur­der Khashoggi were “lies” tar­get­ing the gov­ern­ment, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial Saudi Press Agency.

Khashoggi en­tered the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oct 2 to get doc­u­ments for his forth­com­ing mar­riage. Saudi of­fi­cials have said that he left shortly after­wards but Turk­ish of­fi­cials and his fi­ancée, who was wait­ing out­side, have said that he never came out.

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has said Saudi Arabia could be be­hind the dis­ap­pear­ance of miss­ing Khashoggi and warned Wash­ing­ton would in­flict “se­vere pun­ish­ment” if that is the case.

“We’re go­ing to get to the bot­tom of it and there will be se­vere pun­ish­ment,” Trump told CBS’s “60 Min­utes” pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to an ex­tract

of an in­ter­view that was re­leased on Satur­day.

“As of this mo­ment, they deny it and they deny it ve­he­mently. Could it be them? Yes,” Trump said in the in­ter­view, which was con­ducted on Thurs­day.

The net­work said it will air the in­ter­view in full on Sun­day evening.

A del­e­ga­tion from Saudi Arabia has ar­rived in Turkey as part of a joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the dis­ap­pear­ance of prom­i­nent jour­nal­ist Khashoggi, three Turk­ish sources said on Fri­day.

A Saudi source also said a se­nior royal, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, vis­ited Turkey on Thurs­day for talks. Later the same day Turkey said the two coun­tries had agreed to form a joint work­ing group – at Riyadh’s ini­tia­tive – to in­ves­ti­gate the case.

Saudi state news agency SPA later quoted a Saudi of­fi­cial as wel­com­ing Turkey’s ap­proval of its re­quest to form the team.

Turk­ish of­fi­cials have an au­dio record­ing of the al­leged killing of Khashoggi from the Ap­ple Watch he wore when he walked into the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul over a week ago, a pro-gov­ern­ment Turk­ish news­pa­per re­ported Satur­day.

The new claim pub­lished by the Sabah news­pa­per, through which Turk­ish se­cu­rity of­fi­cials have leaked much in­for­ma­tion about the case, puts more pres­sure on Saudi Arabia to ex­plain what hap­pened to Khashoggi.

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