Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: USA asks Turkey for recording evidence

Khashoggi has long been feared killed after he entered the Saudi Consulate building in Istanbul on Oct. 2 and was never seen exiting

On Wednesday afternoon, Turkish investigators entered the Saudi consul's residence, about 200m (650ft) from the consulate.

He emphasized that the allegedly gruesome murder of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul can not go unanswered by the United States.

His comments followed publication in pro-government Turkish media of allegations purporting to confirm that Khashoggi was not just murdered by Saudi agents in their consulate in Istanbul, but dismembered.

Trump said on Wednesday he was waiting for a full report on what had happened to Khashoggi from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he sent to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to meet officials over Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi Arabia, a key US ally in the Mideast, is under pressure to explain what happened to Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor living in the USA who had been critical of the crown prince.

The UK Government spokesman said: "We encourage Turkish-Saudi collaboration and look forward to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conducting a thorough, credible, transparent and prompt investigation, as announced". He added: "The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power".

"This guy has got to go", Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox.

The disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has led to widespread concerns in diplomatic and political circles.

"Through the creation of an independent global forum, isolated from the influence of nationalist governments spreading hate through propaganda, ordinary people in the Arab world would be able to address the structural problems their societies face".

Khashoggi's editor said the article "perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world".

Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of brutally killing Khashoggi, a Saudi national who often criticized the Saudi government in his reporting.

One suspect, Mr Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, was a diplomat assigned to the Saudi embassy in London in 2007, it said, citing a British diplomatic roster.

Mr Cavusoglu said his meeting with Mr Pompeo had been a "beneficial and fruitful" encounter.

The newspaper said it gathered more information about the suspects through facial recognition software, a database of Saudi cellphone numbers, leaked Saudi government documents, witnesses and media.

"We have asked for it, if it exists", US President Donald Trump said.

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in early October.

Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

When questioned on what he would do if the Saudi investigation showed that Saudi leaders King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman were responsible, Trump told Fox Business in an earlier interview, "Well, I hope we're going to be on the better side of the equation".



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