Published: Sat, October 27, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Turkish probe of Khashoggi killing turns to garden well

Turkish probe of Khashoggi killing turns to garden well

Qatar is witnessing a major economic transformation, said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, speaking at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh as he explained his vision for the Middle East's place in the world. And we expect a credible investigation.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the Saudi Arabian men suspected of murdering Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi will not be allowed to enter Britain.

Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was a USA resident and Washington Post columnist.

Video images and audio tapes as well as evidence gathered from the consulate and the consul's residence were shared with Haspel during the briefing at the Turkish Intelligence Organization (MIT), Sabah newspaper reported.

Roughly three weeks ago Khashoggi went missing after visiting a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and was eventually revealed to have been killed.

Erdogan offered his "sincere apologies" to the senior scribe's family, fiancee and the people of Saudi Arabia before beginning his speech at the Turkish parliament.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel visited Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday for talks with officials about the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor. Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for almost a year before his death, had written critically of Prince Mohammed's crackdown on dissent.

He had criticized politically motivated arrests and was one of the first to report the arrest of another prominent Saudi columnist Saleh al-Shehi earlier this year.

"I am not satisfied with what I've heard", Trump said.

But he suggested responsibility lay higher up: "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage".

The kingdom first denied any involvement in the disappearance, but amid mounting global pressure acknowledged that he had been killed at the consulate in a rogue operation.

Khashoggi, a US-based critic of the Saudi government, was killed during a visit to its consulate in Istanbul.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that the USA had "identified at least some" of the Saudi officials involved in the killing of Khashoggi and was revoking their visas.

There were conflicting reports Thursday about whether investigators had searched the well in a case that has geopolitical implications because of the Saudi-Turkish rivalry in the Mideast region, as well as the US alliance with both countries.

The US will continue to seek all relevant facts, consult the Congress, and work with other nations, to hold accountable those responsible for the killing of Khashoggi, Pompeo told reporters.

Mr Erdogan yesterday dismissed Riyadh's attempts to blame the killing on rogue operatives. The whereabouts of Khashoggi's corpse is still unknown.

A Saudi cabinet meeting chaired by King Salman said Riyadh would hold to account those responsible for the killing and those who failed in their duties, whoever they were. Erdogan said Khashoggi was the victim of a "brutal" and "planned" murder and called for the extradition of 18 suspects to Turkey to face justice.

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