Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Last column published

Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Last column published

Turkish investigators again searched the Saudi consulate in Istanbul overnight as part of a probe into Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, as US President Donald Trump said he did not want to abandon his Saudi ally over the missing journalist. Those suspicious of Riyadh's involvement have pointed to the unusual travel plans of several Saudi nationals, who arrived on a private jet in Istanbul in the middle of the night on October 2 and left later that same day.

"They are hesitant to provide a platform for journalists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen".

Judge Andrew Napolitano said the Trump administration may have to take drastic action after the suspected murder of a US legal resident by Saudi agents in Turkey.

What is Trump's latest position?

Liam Fox has bowed to pressure and pulled out of a trip to Saudi Arabia amid fury at the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu the following day.

The president said the truth would come out "by the end of the week".

"I don't want to talk about any of the facts".

At one point he suggested "rogue killers" could be to blame for Khashoggi's disappearance.

What is reported to be on the recording?

A Turkish source who listened to the audio recording told MEE that Khashoggi's murder lasted approximately seven minutes.

The New York Times said it confirmed that at least nine of the 15 worked for the Saudi security services, military or other government ministries.

She says the newspaper delayed publishing it because they hoped Khashoggi would return and edit it with her, but she now has to accept that is not going to happen.

Yeni Safak, which is close to the government, quotes him as telling alleged Saudi agents sent to Istanbul: "Do this outside".

How is Turkey's investigation progressing?

The team included prosecutors and forensics experts in white overalls.

Saudi officials arrive at the residence of Saudi Arabia's Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi in Istanbul, Oct. 17, 2018. "They also indicated they would get this done quickly", said Pompeo.

He arrived at the consulate at 13:14 local time for an appointment to obtain paperwork so he could marry his Turkish fiancée.

Saudi officials have insisted Mr Khashoggi left the consulate soon afterwards and came to no harm.

Pompeo said the Saudis had committed to holding accountable "anyone connected to any wrongdoing that may be found", making no exceptions for anyone, including members of the royal family.

Despite mounting pressure on Donald Trump to take a harder line against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - who he views as a key ally in the region - the USA president has resisted calls for sanctions.

That's one reason some expect Washington to try to help Saudi Arabia find a way out of the political mess it faces over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

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