Khashoggi case: 'Everything points to' Saudi involvement, United States senator says

The Kiira EV Smack was built by students of Makerere University. FILE

The Kiira EV Smack was built by students of Makerere University. FILE

The men checked into hotels and left Turkey later that night.

Meanwhile, a newspaper close to Erdogan published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi men whom it said were sent to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi.

But in a statement Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that National Security Advisor John Bolton and Trump advisor Jared Kushner spoke to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday about the matter.

Riyadh insisted the Khashoggi left the building and called the murder claims "baseless".

The video, shown on the state-run broadcaster TRT and others, did not offer definitive proof about Khashoggi's fate. Turkish officials have said since Saturday that they believe he was killed inside the consulate in Istanbul.

The U.S. government has remained relatively quiet on the disappearance, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Saudi leaders to "support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation".

Earlier this week, Corker had said "there will definitely be consequences" if it turns out the Saudis were involved in Khashoggi disappearance, while Lindsey Graham, another Republican senator, said it would be "devastating" to the US-Saudi relationship.

"It's a very serious situation for us and this White House", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "And we're going to get to the bottom of it", Trump said.

Trump added: "Nobody knows what happened yet".

She added: "Although this incident could potentially fuel a political crisis between the two nations, let us not lose sight of the human aspect of what happened".




Almost two hours later, the video shows two vehicles with diplomatic plates -a luxury black sedan and a black Mercedes VITO van- leave through the police barricades outside the consulate.

The footage all seemed to come from surveillance cameras, which would have been located throughout the neighborhood housing the Saudi Consulate and other diplomatic missions.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported more harrowing details, based on a source who explained that the planned murder was "a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the objective". One of the officials describes a member of the Saudi team as an "autopsy expert" amid earlier allegations that Khashoggi had been killed and dismembered.

Security guards stand outside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. Turkey's private NTV news channel identified one of the 15 Saudis who arrived as the head of a Saudi forensic science agency. The station did not cite a source for its report.

Mr Khashoggi is a legal resident of the United States and a Washington Post columnist.

Saudi Arabia, the biggest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, last week said it would increase crude output next month to 10.7 million bpd, a record.

"Although his opinions had angered certain people, he said, the tensions between himself and Saudi Arabia did not amount to hate, grudges or threats", his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, wrote in The Washington Post.

He later returned on 2 October after being promised paperwork which was required in order for the couple to be married.

The fiancée of a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post is asking President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to "help shed light" on his disappearance.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who has written columns critical of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, went missing on October 2 after entering the consulate for paperwork needed to marry his Turkish fiancée.

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