Turkish official: New evidence Saudi writer slain in consulate

Turkish official: New evidence Saudi writer slain in consulate

Turkish official: New evidence Saudi writer slain in consulate

That would undercut any suggestion that Khashoggi died in a rogue operation unsanctioned by the crown prince. There has been no evidence to substantiate Khashoggi had such ties.

USA media outlets reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia will acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation.

Turkey has wanted to search the consulate for days. He says that if Allen were found guilty in a court of law, things would be different, but for now, "nothing has changed".

Monday's search of the consulate yielded evidence that Khashoggi was killed there, media reported. Saudi Arabia did not immediately acknowledge he had left or offer a reason for his departure.

Saudi officials have called Turkish allegations that a team of 15 Saudi agents killed Khashoggi "baseless", but US media reports suggested that the kingdom may acknowledge the writer was killed at the consulate, perhaps as part of a botched interrogation.

An insider turned critic of Saudi Arabia's conservative monarchy, Khashoggi was last seen on Oct 2 when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sort out marriage paperwork.

How much blame for Khashoggi's disappearance or death settles on the 33-year-old crown prince has become a decisive factor in his standing in the eyes of the West and within the royal family.

One of the passport scans appears to belong to Salah Muhammad al-Tubaiqi, listed as the head of forensic medicine at the Saudi Ministry of Interior.

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While Riyadh claimed he had left the consulate after his visit, Turkish police said Khashoggi did not emerge from the building. It was not immediately clear whether the second plane, pictured here, which left Istanbul for Egypt, was also searched.

Trump tweeted that the crown prince had spoken to him on the phone and he "totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate". Turkish officials fear he was killed and dismembered. Pompeo reached Saudi Arabia for urgent talks with King Salman seeking answers about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

Erdogan told journalists on Tuesday that police sought traces of "toxic" materials and suggested parts of the consulate had been recently painted, without elaborating. "They made a commitment to do that", he told reporters traveling with him after boarding the plane for Ankara.

CNN saw a cleaning crew enter the main consulate building on Monday before Turkish officials arrived with a forensics team to begin their investigation.

A search of the Saudi consul's Istanbul residence was called off for the day because Saudi officials were not able to join, Turkish police said.

Pompeo was to have a dinner Tuesday night with Prince Mohammed and was expected to fly to Turkey on Wednesday.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would "sanction the hell" out of Saudi Arabia and had harsh words for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the man alleged to have ordered the interrogation and killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

Meanwhile, top corporate executives including JP Morgan CEO James Dimon and Ford chairman Bill Ford pulled out of an investment conference in Riyadh following growing tension between Saudi Arabia and major powers.

Also Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the king and crown prince in Riyadh and said the Saudis had already started a "serious and credible investigation" and seemed to suggest it could lead to people within the kingdom.

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