Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

USA urges return of Khashoggi's remains to family

Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, reportedly told the White House that Jamal Khashoggi was a unsafe Islamist in a phone call days after the journalist was murdered.

After initially insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, then saying he died in a brawl, the Saudi regime has admitted he was killed by a "rogue operation" on October 2. Saudi authorities later backtracked again and said his death was premeditated.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has indicated that sanctions would soon be imposed on the individuals responsible. "We hope the United States reciprocates in kind", Prince Turki, a royal family member, said in remarks at the National Council on U.S.

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"I think that a way must be found to achieve both goals". But, as global pressure mounted, the kingdom said that the Washington Post contributor and critic of the Saudi government died inside the mission when an argument degenerated into a fistfight.

The claims came as Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, called on world leaders to "bring the perpetrators to justice", in an editorial for five newspapers, including the Guardian and the Washington Post.

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Writing in The Washington Post on Friday, Cengiz said the United States should be leading the worldwide community in seeking justice for Khashoggi. But because of its deep investment in Prince Mohammed as the main linchpin of the administration's Middle East agenda, the Trump administration concluded it could not feasibly limit his power.

Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who has positioned himself as a Saudi reformer, has denounced the murder as "repulsive" and strongly denied any involvement.

Meanwhile, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet called Tuesday for an global role in the investigation "free of any appearance of political considerations".

Activists erected a mock street sign on Friday in central London, just outside the gates of Saudi Arabia's embassy in the United Kingdom capital.

Aktay's statement comes after the first official acknowledgement from the Istanbul chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, on Wednesday that Khashoggi's body was "dismembered and destroyed" after his death at the hands of a team of Saudi officials who flew in from Riyadh to kill him.

Prince Mohammed also reportedly urged the White House to preserve the US-Saudi alliance.

Aktay, who was friend of Khashoggi's, said he believes that the body was cut into pieces so that it could be dissolved in chemicals.

Turkey is trying to have 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia extradited so they can be tried in a Turkish court.

"Jamal Khashoggi was not a member of the Muslim Brotherhood".

"The killing of Khashoggi is inexplicable", he wrote.

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