Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Saudi crown prince 'denies involvement'

Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Saudi crown prince 'denies involvement'

Turkish police believe he was killed by a special team of 15 Saudi officials, but Riyadh has dismissed the claim as "baseless".

Some of the suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of a Saudi journalist in Istanbul had ties to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, according to a New York Times report on the case.

But the Saudis have faced intense criticism over the Khashoggi incident, which comes just after USA senators almost succeeded in cutting off support for Riyadh's air campaign against rebels in Yemen, which a United Nations report says has killed thousands of civilians.

Saudi Arabia is preparing to say that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by mistake during an interrogation gone awry, according to multiple reports. But one thing is certain: whatever narrative emerges, the worldwide reputation of the Saudi crown prince and power-behind-the-throne Mohammed Bin Salman will forever be tainted by this affair. Turkish officials reportedly said last week that they possess audio and video proof that The Washington Post columnist was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.

It's believed that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) directly ordered the execution of Khashoggi over his criticism of the Saudi regime, according to U.S. intelligence intercepts.

Saudi Arabia has responded to Western statements by saying it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions "with greater action", and Arab allies rallied to support it.

Pompeo's visit to Riyadh came hours after Turkish crime scene investigators finished an inspection of the Saudi consulate.

"Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without MBS knowing it", Mr Graham said, adding the crown prince was a "wrecking ball".

"The Saudi government can no longer remain silent, and it is essential that our own government and others push harder for the truth", Ryan added.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, October 16, 2018.

"The investigation is looking into many things such as toxic materials and those materials being removed by painting them over", Mr Erdogan said.

Nils Melzer, the United Nations special investigator on torture, said that if Turkey and Saudi Arabia can't conduct "a credible and objective investigation", then worldwide involvement may be needed.

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.

"I know what I'm going to do". But this is the first time Turkish media claimed to have heard them.

Trump called Pompeo on Sunday night and asked him to have face-to-face meetings with the Saudi leaders, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. He said Saudi Arabia originally pledged its contribution in August, and USA officials were expecting to receive it by the fall.

"The consul's behavior and approach drew reaction after Khashoggi disappeared", Cavusoglu said - criticizing the way the consul behaved in a Reuters tour of the consulate - "especially how he opened the cabinets saying "look he is not here" as if mocking people, behaving disrespectfully".

A Turkish diplomatic source had earlier said that a joint Turkish-Saudi team would search the consulate.

After Utaybi told the interrogators to "do it somewhere else outside or I will be in trouble", he was told to "shut up if you want to live when you are back in Arabia".

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