Khashoggi's remains may have been taken out of consulate - Turkey

Gladys Abbott
October 19, 2018

Turkish police are searching a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul and a city near the Sea of Marmara for the remains of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared two weeks ago after entering the Saudi consulate, two Turkish officials say. "But we're waiting for the results of about three different investigations, and we should be able to get to the bottom fairly soon", Trump said.

Mr Trump has previously vowed to inflict "severe punishment" on Saudi Arabia if it was behind Mr Khashoggi's killing - but also said he is against cancelling military contracts with Riyadh. But we'll see what happens'.

Turkish officials claim Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered in the consulate by a hit squad which arrived from Riyadh - claims denied by the Saudi government.

The Saudis have strongly denied the allegations but USA media outlets have reported they will acknowledge he was killed in a botched interrogation.

The US president threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered the Washington Post columnist in what appeared to be a toughened response to the situation.

Just hours earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had told Trump the Saudis should be given "a few more days to complete" an investigation.

Pompeo declined to say on Wednesday when asked whether he had heard the recording.

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Mr Trump's comments, however, signalled an urgency in completing the probe into the disappearance of the journalist, last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "We will probably know that by the end of the week", Trump said.

The four organizations said an worldwide investigation should probe Saudi Arabia's role and aim to identify everyone responsible for ordering, planning and executing any operations related to Khashoggi's disappearance.

The $140 billion German business software firm says it is growing strongly in Saudi Arabia and opened its first data center in the desert kingdom this year.

If the Saudi government is found to be culpable in Khashoggi's disappearance, the legislation prohibits all United States military aid and sales to Saudi Arabia until Congress passes a resolution approving such sales.

Meanwhile, Trump has touted the strategic alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia, boasting about billions of dollars in planned arms sales to the Saudis.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Turkish investigators spent nearly nine hours searching the Saudi consul's residence, before moving on to the consulate itself about 200m away, according to Reuters news agency.

Additionally, Trump said he would not make a statement on the case until several investigations into Khashoggi's disappearance have concluded.

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