Killing of Khashoggi must be condemned in strongest possible terms – May

Theresa May has condemned the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and demanded answers about his death.

The Prime Minister’s comments came before a statement on the case by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Mrs May told MPs: “I am sure the whole House will join me in condemning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in the strongest possible terms.

“We must get to the truth of what happened.”

The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was so sick and so bizarre that in the last few days I have heard a peculiar defence of…

Posted by Boris Johnson on Monday, October 22, 2018

The Prime Minister’s remarks in the Commons followed former foreign secretary Boris Johnson urging a robust response to Saudi Arabia over Mr Khashoggi’s death.

Britain should “refuse to turn a blind eye” to the murder of the dissident journalist and pressure Saudi Arabia into ending the brutal civil war in Yemen, Mr Johnson said in his Daily Telegraph column.

The former foreign secretary drew parallels between the Istanbul killing and the Novichok attack in Salisbury in March, calling them “state-sponsored plots” designed to “send a terrifying public warning” to opponents.

The Gulf kingdom admitted on Friday that Washington Post columnist Mr Khashoggi, a vocal critic of Riyadh, was killed at its Istanbul consulate but claimed he died after a fight broke out.