Saudi account on Khashoggi ‘not credible’: United Kingdom minister


President Trump said Saudi Arabia's announcement that suspects were in custody marked a "good first step", though some US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle hav said Saudi Arabia's account isn't credible and seems created to exonerate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of any involvement despite widespread allegations that he was behind the killing.

Reuters cited a Saudi government official on Sunday who said the journalist died after being put in a chokehold.

The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has described Khashoggi's death as a "shocking violation" of worldwide conventions, and on Saturday Canada's Foreign Minister Chrsytia Freeland said "the explanations offered to date lack consistency and credibility".

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said "the explanations offered to date lack consistency and credibility".

Germany is adding to the pressure on Saudi Arabia over the death of Khashoggi, a journalist.

But following "reports we were getting from Turkey", Saudi authorities began an investigation, which discovered "he was killed in the consulate".

Corker called for a "collective response" from Western countries against the Saudi government if they are found to have been involved, and similarly pushed for the crown prince to not be in power if he directed the killing. Bob Corker said that the USA should punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman if an investigation concludes he was behind the death of Jamal Khashoggi. "You'll never convince me that he didn't do this".

Riyadh said 18 Saudis have been arrested in connection with his death and two top aides of the crown prince, as well as three other intelligence agents, have been sacked.

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He added that Saudi officials do not know the whereabouts of Mr Khashoggi's remains. "We feel their pain", Jubeir said in an interview with Fox News. He initially said he believed the Saudi account.

Saudi Arabia's explanation of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul is not credible, Britain's Brexit minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday.

"First, we condemn this act in the strongest terms", she told a news conference after speaking to members of her Christian Democrat (CDU) party.

He has remained largely silent on the case, although Turkey's pro-government newspapers have released information detailing a 15-member team that purportedly arrived in Istanbul to confront Khashoggi at the consulate. "We will use all the opportunities that we have to reveal what happened, and this is the intention of our president".

The were to be based in the US, Mexico, India, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia but recruitment for the Saudi post will now not go ahead.

Sen. Rand Paul told "Fox News Sunday" that the USA "cannot continue to have relations with him and so I think he's going to have to be replaced".

However, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill expressed skepticism over Saudi Arabia's professed explanation for Khashoggi's disappearance.