Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

WWE's Saudi Arabia event to occur as scheduled despite Khashoggi's death

WWE's Saudi Arabia event to occur as scheduled despite Khashoggi's death

The Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) rose 4.3 percent to close trading on the last day of the week on 7,835.54 points.

CIA Director Gina Haspel reportedly flew to Turkey Monday to hear audio of the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Instanbul earlier this month.

TASI, the largest Arab bourse, is 8.4 percent higher on the year. Speaking at an investment forum he was hosting in Riyadh, he called the killing a "heinous crime" and vowed to punish the culprits and overhaul the security services.

In his first public comments on the affair, more than three weeks after Khashoggi's disappearance, the crown prince on October 24 denounces the murder.

An independent United Nations investigator says Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of an "extrajudicial execution" carried out by the Saudi state.

Turkish authorities briefed visiting Central Intelligence Agency chief Gina Haspel on the investigation into the killing and the evidence collected so far, a Turkish security official who was not authorized to speak to the media said on condition of anonymity.

The kingdom admitted on Saturday - 18 days after the incident - that Khashoggi indeed died in the consulate but blamed the death on a "fistfight" and said more than a dozen people were being questioned.

As the diplomatic backlash continues, members of the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Thursday to adopt a resolution that urges EU countries to impose an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia.

The report provides no further details about the information that led to this conclusion, nor does it say whether the "premeditated" killing happened under orders from the Saudi government.

Erdogan on Tuesday described for parliament what he said was a premeditated plot by Saudi Arabia to kill Khashoggi when the journalist visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get documents he needed to marry his fiancée, Turkish national Hatice Cengiz.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Thursday that while Turkey did not intend to initiate an investigation by an global court, it would share information if one was launched. I believe it is painful for every human in the world, ' he added.

Last week, its government changed its story, saying the USA resident and critic of Saudi policy had died in the consulate because of a fight. Turkish officials have told The Associated Press that investigators were looking into the possibility that the journalist's remains may have been hidden at those two locations.

During the vigil, a friend of Khashoggi and advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, said that "no one can sweep this affair under the rug".

But Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Madrid would fulfill its commitment to sell Saudi Arabia 400 precision bombs despite his "dismay" over the "terrible murder" of Khashoggi.

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