Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey 'to search Saudi consulate' in Istanbul

Posted October 16, 2018

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom's Istanbul consulate to sort out marriage paperwork on October 2.

President Trump said Monday that the Saudi king strongly denied his government's involvement in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying the king suggested it could have been "rogue killers".

Shortly after the cleaning crew entered the Saudi consulate, a team of investigators arrived in an unmarked police auto to begin an inspection of the building a full 13 days after Khashoggi entered to obtain marriage documents and never reemerged. The Saudi government, it said, would shield the prince by blaming an intelligence official for the bungled operation. A Turkish diplomatic source had earlier said a joint Turkish-Saudi team would search the building - the last place Khashoggi was seen before he vanished on October 2.

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Companies and executives in other industries also appeared to distance themselves from the Saudis Monday.

A joint Turkish-Saudi team has entered the Saudi consulate in Turkey today to conduct a search, according to Reuters. "Nobody's seen it yet, so we do want to see it. we're going to be seeing it very soon".

Saudi King Salman has begun weighing in to try to defuse the growing crisis over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as the kingdom goes on the offensive triggering a fierce online media campaign.

In a "60 Minutes" interview that aired on Sunday, Trump said there would be consequences if it turned out Saudi Arabia had anything to do with Khashoggi's mysterious disappearance. Turkish officials have reported that Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate and dismembered, a charge the Saudis have denied. "I am immediately sending our Secretary of State to meet with King!"

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Saudi officials have dismissed allegations that it played any role in the disappearance of the Washington Post writer, who was a critic of Saudi crown prince.

The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, also said the kingdom is weighing whether to say that rogue operatives killed Khashoggi by mistake during an interrogation.

Turkish sources allege he was killed by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents, but Riyadh insists that he left the consulate unharmed. Germany, Britain and France issued a joint statement over the weekend expressing "grave concern" and calling for a credible investigation to ensure those responsible for the disappearance "are held to account".

In the meantime, Lieberman said it's important for the U.S.to maintain its relationship with Saudi Arabia because the king is "the best hope we've had for modernizing Saudi Arabia in a long time".

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Saudi Arabia has warned that it would retaliate against any punishment with even greater measures.