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Saudi account of Khashoggi killing widely denounced

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Ayman Nour (second left), an Egyptian dissident,and Turan Kislakci (right), head of the Turkish-Arab media association talk to the media regarding Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi death, near Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, yesterday.

ISTANBUL (AP):

Turkey will "never allow a cover-up" of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, a senior official in Turkey's ruling party said yesterday, reflecting international scepticism over the Saudi account that the writer died during a "fist-fight."

The comment was one of many critical reactions to the Saudi Arabia's announcement of the writer's violent death, indicating the kingdom's efforts to defuse a scandal that has gripped the world were falling short.

United States President Donald Trump, however, was an exception. Asked whether he thought the Saudi explanation was credible, he replied: "I do. I do."

Despite widespread outrage over the killing of the columnist for The Washington Post, it is unclear to what extent the top leadership of Saudi Arabia, a key US ally and a powerful player in a volatile region, would be held accountable for what human rights activists describe as an extrajudicial killing by Saudi agents.

The only way to find out what happened would be through an international investigation led by a UN-appointed panel, the editorial board of The Washington Post said.