Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Auto belonging to Saudi consulate found in Istanbul parking lot

Auto belonging to Saudi consulate found in Istanbul parking lot

Turkish investigators allege that 15 Saudi agents killed Khashoggi, who was living in exile in the United States, shortly after he entered the consulate. He then arrived at a restaurant, and surveillance footage showed he removed a fake beard he was wearing.

Mr Mutreb's name also matches that of a first secretary who once served as a diplomat at the Saudi Embassy in London, according to a 2007 list compiled by the British Foreign Office.

Khashoggi's killing has drawn global criticism, prompting the kingdom on Sunday to describe it as a "huge and grave mistake", while adding that crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had not been aware of the case.

He also said that they did not know where the body was, and insisted the action was not ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seen as Saudi Arabia's most influential figure. Once close with the Saudi elites, Khashoggi fled the kingdom a year ago in fear of possible prosecution.

The friend spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussion. The Saudi statement on Saturday did not address what happened to the body.

Meanwhile, the national and worldwide press members continue to wait in front of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to receive further information about the killing of the Saudi journalist.

A Turkish official said on Monday that the country will go until the end to enlighten the "nefarious murder" of Khashoggi.

The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside Riyadh's Istanbul consulate was "savagely planned", Turkey's ruling party spokesman said on Monday, the first official indication from Ankara it believes a plot was hatched in advance.

"This is an aberration", al-Jubeir said in the Fox television interview.

"They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it", he said. That is unacceptable in any government.

Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death was credible, Trump said, "I do".

Following a telephone conversation between Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Donald Trump, the USA president told reporters that the king had denied all knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance.

The consulate later issued a statement saying it was working with Turkish authorities "to uncover the circumstances" of his disappearance. "After such an unthinkable incident, it is necessary to completely revise the relations with Saudi Arabia", Nahles told Bild am Sonntag newspaper on Sunday.

"Nothing can justify this killing and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms", Germany, Britain and France said in their joint statement on Sunday.

The kingdom's weeks of denial and lack of credible evidence in the face of allegations from Turkish officials that Khashoggi had been killed have shaken global confidence in ties with the world's top oil exporter, Western governments say.

Trump seemed to be taking a tougher stance Monday against Saudi Arabia. The president has raised the possibility of imposing sanctions but said halting an arms deal would "hurt us more than it would hurt them". Theresa May has repeatedly travelled to Saudi Arabia, as well as hosting bin Salman at Downing Street earlier this year to try and cement post-Brexit trade deals. "We work to stabilise global markets and to facilitate global economic growth", he added.

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