Turkish police say 'evidence' found at Saudi consulate on Khashoggi case

Video   VIDEO Saudi Ruler Mohammad Bin Salman Reformer or Authoritarian

Video VIDEO Saudi Ruler Mohammad Bin Salman Reformer or Authoritarian

Also Tuesday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told USA top diplomat Mike Pompeo that they are "strong and old allies", during talks in the kingdom on the missing journalist.

"We are sadly and anxiously following the conflicting news regarding the fate of our father after losing contact with him two weeks ago, when he disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul".

Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan said the Saudi government "owes the Khashoggi family and the world a full and honest explanation of everything that happened to him", noting that Tuesday marked two weeks since the disappearance of the 59-year-old journalist.

"It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", Trump said.

"This guy has got to go", he concluded, saying bin Salman, the son of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has "tainted" the country's image.

Meanwhile, Turkish forensic investigators overnight searched the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi disappeared October 2. Mohammed Bin Salman [MBS] must have being taken aback by this backlash, his Saudi Arabia Future Investment Initiative Summit "Waters In the Desert", October, 23rd, 2018 had suffered, as notable media giants and investors has pulled out; Richard Branson, Virgin Atlantic cancelled $1 billion investment talks also, Ford, JP Morgan, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, New York Times, Financial Times, Uber, Apple, Huffington & Washington Post has all cancelled their participation in the summit.

The Khashoggi case poses a dilemma for the United States, Britain and other Western nations.

There are claims that Mr Mr Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the building by a 15-member Saudi "assassination squad". "Answers will be forthcoming shortly", Trump said in a tweet.

He later told reporters: "The denial was very, very strong".

USA internet giant Google Inc. has said its Cloud CEO Diane Greene will not attend an upcoming global business conference to be held in Saudi Arabia.

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Last week, the US President threatened to impose "severe punishment" on Saudi Arabia if it turns out that Riyadh is behind the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"The Turkish crime scene investigators carried out searches in the consulate and took the things deemed necessary", a senior Turkish official said, after acknowledging the difficulty of collecting evidence 13 days after the alleged incident.

On Tuesday, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official acknowledged police want to search the Saudi consul's home as well.

The UN human rights chief called Tuesday for the lifting of the immunity of officials who might be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

UK, Germany, France had in equivocal terms expressed sadness as regards Jamal Khashoggi "vanishing" from the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

On Monday, however, Trump offered a different theory after speaking by telephone with King Salman. "He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey, and to expect me to ignore it, I feel used and abused".

Erdogan told journalists on Tuesday that police sought traces of "toxic" materials and suggested parts of the consulate had been recently painted, without elaborating.

He had been critical of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

The kingdom has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press.

Trump's warning drew an angry response on Sunday from Saudi Arabia and its state-linked media, including a suggestion that Riyadh could wield its oil production as a weapon. "I mean, who knows?"

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