Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Money | By Bruce West

Turkey searches Istanbul forest in Khashoggi case

Turkey searches Istanbul forest in Khashoggi case

"Secretary Pompeo has neither heard a tape nor has he seen a transcript related to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance", Nauert said on Thursday.

The potential consequences for Saudi Arabia "will have to be very severe", Trump told reporters on Thursday, before departing for Montana.

"We will share them with the world when they become fully clear because the whole world, understandably, wants to know what happened to Khashoggi and how it happened".

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox have pulled out of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi's killers may have dumped his remains in Belgrad Forest adjacent to Istanbul, and at a rural location near the city of Yalova, a 90-kilometre drive south of Istanbul, the officials said.

Liam Fox, the global trade secretary, has pulled out of next week's "Davos in the Desert" summit in Riyadh amid allegations that Saudi Arabia murdered Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist.

He said Turkey has "an abysmal record" in treating its own journalists as does Saudi Arabia.

"Unless the miracle of all miracles happens, I would acknowledge that he's dead", Trump said to The Times.

The investigators left the residence around 1:30 am, but some of them headed to the nearby consulate to conduct a search, which was continuing into the early hours of Thursday.

In his brief comments to reporters, Pompeo also stressed the "longstanding strategic relationship" between the US and Saudi Arabia.

"We do believe that between these two efforts a complete picture will emerge for what actually transpired here", Mr Pompeo said.

Turkish officials have also provided several U.S. media outlets with passport scans of seven men suspected of being involved in Khashoggi's disappearance - several of whom have links to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

We will have them very soon, and I think we'll be making a statement, a very strong statement.

Turkish officials identified the man who was seen walking toward the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul prior to writer Jamal Khashoggi's arrival as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage.

Leading human rights and journalists' organisations have urged Turkey to ask the United Nations to launch an investigation into the disappearance and "possible extrajudicial execution" of Mr Khashoggi.

'Friends, loved ones, I'm going to go out on a limb and say, that's a casket. Turkish officials suspect that the Saudi "hit squad" used it to carry the body of the journalist from the consulate to the consul's residence.

"Government welcomes the ongoing diplomatic interaction between the Republic of Turkey and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as well as the investigation which seeks to get to the bottom of this matter".

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