Jubeir: Saudis will hold to account those responsible for Khashoggi case

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As Saudi Arabia faced intensifying worldwide scepticism over its story about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior government official laid out a new version of the death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that in key respects contradicts previous explanations.

Jubeir then added that Saudi King Salman was was "determined to hold Khashoggi killers accountable".

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.

There's no way 15 people were sent from Saudi Arabia to Turkey to kill a dissident without the approval of the Crown Prince.

The government said concerns following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2 were behind the decision.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said Riyadh is still not aware of where the remains of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi are, calling the killing a "rogue operation" and a "huge mistake".

A leading Republican U.S. senator said he believed the crown prince was behind the killing, adding that the Saudis had lost all credibility in their explanations of his death.

While President Donald Trump has accepted Saudi Arabia's unfounded explanation that Khashoggi was killed during a fist fight, Graham wants action.

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Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that "the only person on earth outside of the Saudi kingdom" who appeared to accept the Saudis' new story was Trump.

When asked how did a 60-year-old columnist resisted the 15 security forces, al-Jubeir said: "I don't believe all 15 members were in the consulate when this happened".

"I'm not satisfied until we find the answer", Trump said, adding that the United States withdrawal from the $110 billion arms deal would "hurt us more than it would hurt them".

"Those responsible for the killing must be held to account and must face justice".

Raab said Britain needed to know the facts of what happened before it could make a "sensible and sober judgement call" on what to do next.

The crisis has shaken Western confidence in the world's top oil exporter and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The altercation involved multiple Saudi officials at the country's consulate in Istanbul, according to the statement.

Joel Rubin, a former U.S. State Department and congressional staffer, said there are numerous options for Congress to punish Riyadh or pressure Mr. Trump to do so.

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