Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Passport scans show Saudis accused by Turkey of killing writer Khashoggi

Passport scans show Saudis accused by Turkey of killing writer Khashoggi

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting Wednesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after getting assurances from Saudi leaders that they will "show the entire world" results of a thorough investigation into the disappearance of a U.S. -based Saudi journalist.

Trump spoke after a personal 20-minute phone call with Saudi King Salman and as the president dispatched his secretary of state to Riyadh for a face-to-face discussion with the king.

Khashoggi had fled the country past year amid the rise of Prince Mohammed, whom he wrote critically about in the Post.

Turkish officials allege they carried a 15-man Saudi hit squad, while pro-Saudi media claims they were simply tourists.

In an interview that aired Sunday night, Trump threatened "severe punishment" if it turned out the Saudis did kill Khashoggi, who had been living in the U.S. in self-imposed exile.

Turkish investigators began to search the consulate in Istanbul on Monday evening, but earlier in the day a cleaning crew was seen entering the consulate, according to The Washington Post.

Saudi Arabia has said it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) says it welcomes the diplomatic efforts between Turkey and Saudi Arabia in investigating the matter.

Turkey says it believes he was killed inside, telling US officials it has audio and video recordings from his final moments to prove it. Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied having anything to do with his disappearance.

Britain, France and Germany also released a rare joint statement saying they were treating Khashoggi's disappearance "with the utmost seriousness" and calling for a "credible investigation".

The newspaper alleged that one of the Saudis torturing Khashoggi replied: "Shut up if you want to live when you return to (Saudi) Arabia".

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"The consul's behavior and approach drew reaction after Khashoggi disappeared", Cavusoglu said - criticizing the way the consul behaved in a Reuters tour of the consulate - "especially how he opened the cabinets saying "look he is not here" as if mocking people, behaving disrespectfully".

Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished on 2 October during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"The New York Times has confirmed independently that at least nine of 15 suspects identified by Turkish authorities worked for the Saudi security services, military or other government ministries", the newspaper reported late Tuesday, referring to the case of Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering the the Saudi Consulate on October 2. "I have strong opinions but that (the investigation) is the job of the judiciary", he said.

Global leaders and business executives are severing or rethinking ties to the Saudi government after Khashoggi's high-profile disappearance.

The Saudi government could not immediately be reached for comment on the CNN report.

"We are strong and old allies", the prince told Pompeo.

What has Prince Mohammed said?

"I think we have to find out what happened first". Three other suspects are linked to his security detail and a fifth is a high-level forensic doctor, the Times said.

"This guy has got to go", said Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, speaking on Fox television.

Yesterday, Trump appeared to preview the Saudi line that "rogue killers" could be responsible for Khashoggi's death.

"They are trying to make fun of us and our willingness to cooperate", one of the officials said.

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