Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: US asks Turkey for recording evidence
The US has asked Turkey for a recording stated to give strong proof that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“We have asked for it, if it exists,” President Donald Trump told reporters at the White Property.
Mr Khashoggi has not been noticed since getting into the constructing on two October. Saudi Arabia denies killing him.
Mr Trump denied he was trying “to cover” for Saudi Arabia.
What is Trump’s latest position?
Saudi Arabia is a single of Washington’s closest allies and the Khashoggi disappearance is placing the administration in an awkward position.
Confirming that the tape has been requested, Mr Trump added: “I’m not confident yet that it exists, most likely does, possibly does.”
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Mr Trump said he expected a report from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who has just been to Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
The president stated the truth would come out “by the end of the week”.
He rejected ideas he was attempting to give cover for Saudi Arabia: “No, not at all, I just want to find out what’s happening.”
Over the previous handful of days, Mr Trump has raised the possibility of “rogue killers” being behind the journalist’s disappearance. And he has cautioned against rushing to blame Saudi leaders, telling the Connected Press news agency that they were being treated as “guilty until established innocent”.
What is reported to be on the recording?
The existence of audio proof that Mr Khashoggi – a critic of Saudi leaders – was murdered was revealed by Turkish investigators early on in their inquiries.
Reports in Turkish media give gruesome specifics of what are stated to be his final minutes.
A Turkish newspaper says the consul himself, Mohammed al-Otaibi, can be heard in the audio recording of Mr Khashoggi’s death.
Yeni Safak, which is close to the government, quotes him as telling alleged Saudi agents sent to Istanbul: “Do this outside. You are going to get me in difficulty.”
Mr Otaibi flew back to Riyadh on Tuesday.
How is Turkey’s investigation progressing?
On Wednesday afternoon, Turkish investigators entered the Saudi consul’s residence, about 200m (650ft) from the consulate.
The team integrated prosecutors and forensics experts in white overalls.
The search had been anticipated to take spot on Tuesday, but it was delayed due to the fact the consul’s family members have been nonetheless inside, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu mentioned.
A number of autos with Saudi diplomatic quantity plates were filmed by CCTV cameras moving from the consulate to the residence just under two hours after Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate on the day he vanished.
Mr Cavusoglu stated his meeting with Mr Pompeo had been a “helpful and fruitful” encounter. The US secretary of state had talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, too.
On Tuesday, Mr Pompeo was in Riyadh for talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who he said “strongly denied” any involvement in the journalist’s disappearance.
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The events of two October
Mr Khashoggi is a US resident and columnist for the Washington Post newspaper who went into self-imposed exile final year right after reportedly getting warned by Saudi officials to cease criticising the crown prince’s policies.
He arrived at the consulate at 13:14 neighborhood 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.
But Turkish officials believe an assault and struggle took place in the creating.
They allege that Mr Khashoggi was killed by a group of Saudi agents who had been pictured getting into and leaving Turkey on CCTV footage released to media outlets.
The New York Occasions reports that four of the 15 agents have hyperlinks to Crown Prince Mohammed, even though one more is a senior figure in the country’s interior ministry.
On Tuesday, G7 foreign ministers called for Saudi Arabia to conduct a “transparent” investigation into the problem.
Meanwhile, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has turn out to be the latest high-profile figure to withdraw from a main Saudi investment conference next week following Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance.
Published at Wed, 17 Oct 2018 20:32:33 +0000