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Trump: Will act if Saudis behind journalist's disappearance

IANS  |  Washington 

US on Saturday warned that his administration would inflict "severe punishment" on if the kingdom was found to have played a part in the disappearance of dissident and contributor

Trump made the remarks in an interview on the show "60 Minutes". He said he would be "very upset and angry if that were the case", but ruled out halting big military contracts.

"... if true, the fact that a was murdered was terrible and disgusting... We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment."

He said there were "other ways of punishing" than cancelling military contracts, which powers like and were interested in.

"I don't want to hurt jobs, I don't want to lose an order like that."

Saudi -- a permanent resident of the US in self-imposed exile who penned a column in the Post and was a of Riyadh's human rights violations and of Crown Mohammed bin Salman's policies -- has been missing since he entered the kingdom's consulate in on October 2 for paperwork needed for his planned marriage.

Turkish media widely reported that was feared by officials to have been murdered and dismembered inside the building by a Saudi hit squad, who may have removed the mutilated corpse in the consulate's diplomatic pouch, which is protected by international law from being searched by authorities.

dismissed allegations that it ordered his killing as "lies".

The kingdom's condemned and dismissed reports that the journalist was murdered as "lies and baseless allegations", the said.

"There's a lot at stake," Trump said, adding that "maybe especially so because this man was a "



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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 19:18 IST