Saudi citizens detained in connection with murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi prince behind Khashoggi murder Ex-MI6 chief

A Turkish forensic police officer works in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018 during the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Friday allegations regarding Khashoggi would be totally unacceptable if true but any response by Britain would be "considered".

The death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi has put the spotlight on the country's heir to the throne, Mohammed bin Salman (or MbS, as he's known).

Trump's son-in-law Kushner joined the family, including his wife Ivanka Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on a trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia past year.

The Colorado lawmaker, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, urged Trump to immediately recall the acting USA ambassador from Saudi Arabia.

US lawmakers, including Republican Senator Lindsay Graham have warned of tough action.

President Donald Trump said the United States, which is Saudi Arabia's biggest backer, could impose sanctions over the fapparent murder.

"We're going to find out who knew what when and where and we'll figure it out", Trump said.

Khashoggi, who lived in suburban Washington, was a former insider who turned into a critic of the kingdom's direction under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Khashoggi reportedly never left the consulate after entering it on October 2 to obtain papers necessary for his upcoming marriage.

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According to numerous reports citing Turkish officials familiar with the probe, the journalist was ambushed by Saudi agents, cruelly tortured and murdered.

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.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Friday that the Saudi "investigation into the fate of Jamal Khashoggi is progressing and that it has taken action against the suspects it has identified thus far".

Turkish officials have released footage of a squad of Saudi men arriving in Istanbul the day Jamal Khashoggi vanished. Turkish pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak has published what it said were details from the audio. Khashoggi said. "It is risky".

Other western powers have yet to react to Riyadh's explanation of the events. The measures followed Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman's directives to the Public Prosecutor of Saudi Arabia, No. 5709 dated 3/2/1440H, to conduct investigations into the case.

However, the prince has been widely blamed for the disappearance of Khashoggi, a fierce critic of his.

And, the growing crisis prompted the king to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family told Reuters.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered the restructuring of the command of the general intelligence agency under the supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The White House acknowledged the Saudis' announcement, stating that it would "continue to closely follow the global investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent, and in accordance with all due process".

Republican senator Rand Paul in a tweet on Saturday urged the USA to "halt all military sales, aid and cooperation immediately".

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