Czech Ex-Intel Chief Slams West for Double Standards After Khashoggi's Death

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U.S. President Donald Trump talks to reporters about journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance prior to boarding Air Force One for travel to Montana from Joint Base Andrews.

Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia in 2017, and had recently been living in the USA where he served as an opinion columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, writing critically of the Saudi royal family and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and warning of efforts to stifle the free press in the Middle East.

Ankara vowed to reveal all the details of a two-week inquiry as US President Donald Trump said he was unsatisfied with Saudi Arabia's response to the columnist's death while the EU, Germany, France, Britain, Australia, Canada and the United Nations also demanded greater clarity. He changed his tone once again late this week, raising the prospect of sanctions against Riyadh.

Preliminary investigations by the Public Prosecution Office into Khashoggi's disappearance revealed he had gotten into a "quarrel and brawl" with people he met while in the consulate which led to his death, the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said in a statement.

Khashoggi, a dissident Saudi journalist, who wrote for The Washington Post and lived in United States as legal permanent resident was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

He also urged Turkey to turn over purported audio recordings of Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident, went missing after entering the consulate to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage. "Yes, I think he did it", Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in an interview with CNN's "State of the Union".

Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudi suspects were taken into custody and intelligence officials were fired.

Audio recordings indicate torture, dismemberment of Saudi journalist
Saudi officials have not responded to repeated requests for comment from the AP in recent days, including Wednesday. Shortly thereafter, media reported that Riyadh would recognize that an interrogation of the journalist went wrong.

Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 people whom they claim are connected with the incident.

The president said, "Saudi Arabia has been a great ally of ours".

The kingdom's weeks of denial and lack of credible evidence in the face of allegations from Turkish officials that Khashoggi had been killed have shaken global confidence in ties with the world's top oil exporter, Western governments say.

Saudi Arabia is the UK's key ally in the region and a significant trading partner - with Britain also rolling out the red carpet for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He initially said he believed the Saudi account.

The Saudi authorities have not yet said where his body is. But the prince himself, protected by his 82-year-old father, King Salman, has been tapped to lead a panel to reform the kingdom's intelligence services, a sign he will remain next in line to the throne.

"I will make my statement about this issue on Tuesday at the party group meeting", Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul on Sunday.

President Trump said earlier this week 'Their stories are all over the place, ' about the Saudi government's varied claims as to how Khashoggi died.

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