Turkish justice minister: Public should 'ignore leaks' regarding Khashoggi case

Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee Hatice and her friends wait in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul

Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee Hatice and her friends wait in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul Credit AFP

Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul called on the public to ignore any information that had been leaked in the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's case, Al-Arabiya English reported Thursday.

The US secretary of state told reporters on Wednesday that he didn't want to get into specifics while discussing the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2.

"I am not giving cover at all", Mr. Trump said on Wednesday. "We're just going to allow the process to move forward, the facts to unfold and, as we make determination for ourselves, the United States will decide what the appropriate response will be". "This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post", she wrote.

Following a search by a Turkish forensics team, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that some "toxic materials" in the consulate had been "painted over".

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

According to Sabah, 47-year-old Maher Abdulaziz M. Mutreb, an intelligence officer who previously served in Saudi Arabia's London embassy, landed in Istanbul on October 2 and went to his the consulate after. The Washington Post reported that Turkey had informed United States officials about audio and video recordings suggesting that the journalist had been murdered in the Saudi Consulate.

"They are hesitant to provide a platform for journalists from Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Yemen. We need to be mindful of that as well".

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Pompeo briefed President Donald Trump on the issue and the talks he had this week with the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Turkey in this regard.

Khashoggi, a critic of the current Saudi regime, was apparently tortured to death and dismembered in the building, having attended to obtain a divorce certificate.

According to the latest reports, the Saudi journalist was assassinated by a squad that included agents tied to Prince Mohammed, a son of King Salman and a linchpin in the trend toward ever-tightening relations with Trump's White House.

Turkish media with close links to the government have published gruesome details on the alleged audio, saying screams, and the voice of the consul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, could be heard in the recording.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that a suspect identified by Turkey was a frequent companion of the prince's.

TRT World's North America Correspondent Jon Brain is in Washington DC with more on how Khashoggi's disappearance is putting pressure on the Trump administration to take action on Saudi Arabia.

Meanwhile, International Trade Minister Liam Fox has been told to pull out of a business conference in Saudi Arabia next week as finance ministers from France and the Netherlands and prominent banking executives have scrapped their plans to attend.

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