Saudi Crown Prince to address investment forum amid Khashoggi furore

Jamal Khashoggi – a fierce critic of Saudi’s human rights violations and of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s policies – disappeared after entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to complete the required paperwork for his marriage. (P

Director of U.S.' Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Gina Haspel, who is in Turkey to work on the investigation into the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, has listened to the "compelling" audio tape of the brutal killing, Washington Post reported late Wednesday. And the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups.

"In terms of what we ultimately do, I'm going to leave it very much - in conjunction with me - I'm going to leave it up to Congress", Trump said.

Riyadh has blamed a "rogue operation" for the death of the prominent Saudi journalist and said that the crown prince had no knowledge of the killing.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during the Future Investment Initiative Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 24, 2018.

Visa records are confidential and Secretary of State Pompeo was not more specific about who the revocations would affect, but the State Department later said 21 "Saudi suspects" would have visas revoked or would be declared ineligible to enter the U.S.

Erdogan said on Tuesday that a 15-person team came from Riyadh to kill Khashoggi, including by carrying out reconnaissance outside Istanbul and deactivating security cameras at the consulate.

The report also said Middle-East human rights advocate Fadi Al-Qadi called the photo-op "ruthless".

"They had a very bad original concept", Trump said.

Before his address, the prince reportedly spoke by phone with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has kept pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain the killing that has caused global outcry.

Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body has been found in a well at the Istanbul residence of the Saudi consul general, according to Turkish politician Dogu Perincek.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the USA would be revoking the visas of Saudi operatives who are accused of killing Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi, although he didn't specify how many visas would be revoked at the time.

A senior French diplomat was quoted by Reuters as saying on Wednesday that the French president "was treading a thin line in pursuing his long-stated policy of avoiding taking sides" between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Those responsible for the killing must be held to account. "We are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder". Saud al-Qahtani was quoted as giving the instructions "bring me the head of the dog", after the two men traded insults.

Labour has called for much stronger action against the Saudi authorities, including a ban on all UK arms sales to the desert kingdom and an end to the UK's backing for the Saudi-led bombing campaign against Houthi insurgents in Yemen. Speaking at an event titled "Transformers: Space" by the Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a contributor, Pence described the attack as "an assault on free and independent press".

"Why did these 15 people meet in Istanbul on the day of the murder?"

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