Turkish police search Saudi consulate again in Khashoggi case

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 19, 2018

Turkish officials have reportedly said they have recordings indicating that Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when he traveled there on routine business.

Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announced, "We have decided I will not be participating in the Future Investment Initiative summit in Saudi Arabia".

Trump, who has insisted that more facts must be known before making assumptions about Khashoggi, did not say on what he based his statement on the writer's demise two weeks ago.

Mahoney said Khashoggi's disappearance has generated greater "horror" and more global press coverage than he has seen in many, many years. "But we'll see what happens", Trump told reporters when asked what would be the consequences of such an unfortunate incident.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and USA green card holder, disappeared on October 2 after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, where he is widely believed to have been tortured and killed.

By casting doubt on whether the United States will respond at all, Pompeo reflected the internal struggle among Trump and his national security advisers on what to do should the Saudi leadership be blamed for what happened to Khashoggi.

Meanwhile, Trump has touted the strategic alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia, boasting about billions of dollars in planned arms sales to the Saudis.

Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, said: "U.N. involvement is the best guarantee against a Saudi whitewash or attempts by other governments to sweep the issue under the carpet to preserve lucrative business ties with Riyadh".

How Western allies deal with Riyadh will hinge on the extent to which they believe responsibility for Khashoggi's disappearance lies with Prince Mohammed and the Saudi authorities.

Donald Trump admitted it's likely a missing Saudi journalist is dead - and has warned punishment "will be very severe" for those responsible.

Police officers searched the forest yesterday and collected footage from cameras located in the area, while officers in Yalova's Termal region are said to have been quite busy for the last three days. A "farm house or villa" may have been used for the disposal of remains, the official said.

Turkish police on Wednesday began searching the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul for their investigation, with forensics experts in white overalls entering the building, an AFP correspondent said.

CCTV pictures show the journalist entering the consulate to get documents so he could marry his Turkish wife - but he was not seen leaving and has not been seen since.

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