Suspects in Saudi journalist case tied to top prince

Ruben Ruiz
October 17, 2018

Erdogan told journalists Tuesday that police sought traces of "toxic" materials and suggested parts of the consulate had been recently painted, without elaborating.

Turkish authorities have claimed that Jamal Khashoggi has been killed.

She welcomed the agreement that has allowed investigators to conduct an examination inside the consulate and possibly also at the residence of the Saudi Arabian Consul-General in Istanbul.

In its separate report late Tuesday, the Post said 11 of the 15 people which Turkey alleged were involved in Khashoggi's killing have ties to the Saudi security services, including some who claim to be with the Royal Guard.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told the state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia has "accepted" a request for a search of the official residence but had not yet given its final consent.

The official did not say when the search of the consul's home would take place. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations, gave no timeline for the search. The passport scans were taken on the day of Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkish officials provided CNN with passport scans of seven men they suspect to have been part of the alleged Saudi hit team.

Overnight, Turkish forensic teams searched the consulate building in Istanbul where Khashoggi was last seen entering.

"I think we have to find out what happened first", he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Ankara, Turkey, on October 17, 2018. Asked whether that includes members of the royal family, Pompeo added, "They made no exceptions to who they would hold accountable".

Pompeo was dispatched by President Trump on Monday to meet with leaders in both countries.

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He hasn't been seen since entering that country's consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, and multiple leaks to USA media, based on Turkish intelligence, say he was killed by a Saudi hit squad and likely dismembered with a bone saw.

The disappearance and suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has embarrassed Mohammed and strained relations with Washington.

The newspaper said Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi could be heard on the tape, telling those allegedly torturing Khashoggi: "Do this outside; you're going to get me in trouble". She later stated that she did not trust the information and did not know about Khashoggi's whereabouts.

Khashoggi vanished October 2 on a visit to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"Given there seems to be clear evidence that Mr. Khashoggi entered the consulate and has never been seen since, the onus is on the Saudi authorities to reveal what happened to him", Bachelet said.

Saudi Arabia agreed on the need for a "thorough" investigation into the Khashoggi's disappearance, a USA spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said following a meeting between Pompeo, who is the U.S. secretary of state, and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

Additional reports over the past 24 hours say Saudi Arabia is debating announcing Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation gone bad. Saudi officials previously have called the allegations "baseless", but reports in US media on Tuesday suggested the kingdom may acknowledge the writer was killed there.

Donald Trump has compared Saudi Arabia being accused of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Brett Kavanaugh being accused of sexual assault.

Khashoggi vanished on a visit to the consulate two weeks ago. A senior official told The Associated Press that investigators had found more evidence indicating that the journalist was killed there.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday warned against any threats to exert economic sanctions or political pressure on the kingdom, saying it will respond with greater action given the kingdom's outsized role in the global economy.

Other reports by GizPress

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