Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Turkish daily says audio tapes indicate Saudi journalist ‘decapitated’

Turkish daily says audio tapes indicate Saudi journalist ‘decapitated’

His clarification comes after other Turkish news outlets reported that Sabah has obtained a three-minutes video proof that Jamal Khashoggi was inside the Saudi consulate and claims that he was tortured and murdered.

Harsh responses to any gentle criticism or genuine questions have become a hallmark of Saudi foreign policy under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto Saudi leader who is set to inherit the throne from his father, King Salman.

Then, reports indicated that the Saudis may indeed soon admit that Khashoggi was killed but would blame it on a botched interrogation.

Khashoggi, a familiar face on Arab talk shows, moved to the United States past year fearing retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

President Donald Trump on Monday said he talked to Saudi King Salman and had begun leaning toward the idea that "rogue killers", not agents of the Saudi state, killed Khashoggi. "Until now, Mohammed bin Salman, in most circles inside and especially outside the kingdom, was seen as a reformer and modernizer carrying out necessary changes, yet this abduction or killing can in no way be seen as a legitimate procedure of this reform process", she said.

Under increasing worldwide pressure, Saudi Arabia is reportedly trying to piece together an alibi over Khashoggi's disappearance.

The government's tentative explanation comports with comments Mr. Trump made Monday, after speaking to Saudi King Salman: "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", the president said. "You are going to get me in trouble".

The high-level Turkish official told the AP that police found "certain evidence" of Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate, without elaborating.

The New York Times, citing a person familiar with the Saudi plans, reported the crown prince had approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia.

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Turkey hopes to enter the Saudi consul's residence in Istanbul on Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey's foreign minister said after meeting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters the investigation "was looking into many things such as toxic materials and those materials being removed by painting them over".

The secretary added that he emphasized the importance of conducting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation, and the Saudi leadership pledged to deliver precisely on that.

She said under global law, both a forced disappearance and an extra-judicial killing were "very serious crimes" and immunity should not be used to impede investigations into what happened and who is responsible.

"This is going to alter the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia for the foreseeable future", Sen.

"This guy has got to go", said Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, speaking on Fox television. "We have said before that Saudi Arabia must cooperate with us in every aspect without delay".

"Two weeks is a very long time for the probable scene of a crime not to have been subjected to a full forensic investigation", Ms Bachelet said.

The daily reported that in another tape, an unknown individual tells Otaibi: "If you want to live when you come to Saudi Arabia, be quiet!"

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