Turkey Identifies 5 Suspects in Probe of Saudi Journalist’s Fate

Oscar Cross
October 18, 2018

But it was delayed because no Saudi official was present for the joint investigation, the Turkish official added.

Local media reported that Turkish police will not examine the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul as part of an investigation into disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.

Global leaders and business executives are severing or rethinking ties to the Saudi government after Khashoggi's high-profile disappearance.

Overnight, Turkish forensic teams searched the consulate building in Istanbul where Khashoggi was last seen entering.

Turkish officials said, overall, there are 15 suspects, ten of whom still need to be identified. The prince is next in the line to the throne, and his rise to power prompted the writer's self-imposed exile in the U.S.

"My assessment from these meetings is that there is serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials", Pompeo said Tuesday after meeting. The king greeted Pompeo by saying: "I hope you are comfortable here".

The secretary was sent to Riyadh on Monday at the request of US President Donald Trump, as news emerged that authorities found newly painted services inside the consulate, suggesting a potential cover-up.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo travelled to Saudi Arabia to talk to King Salman and the 33-year-old crown prince about the fate of the journalist who wrote critically about the Saudis for the Washington Post.

Saudi Consul General in Istanbul Mohammad Otaibi has left Turkey for Riyadh amid the growing scandal around the disappearance of Khashoggi.

"Given there seems to be clear evidence that Mr. Khashoggi entered the consulate and has never been seen since, the onus is on the Saudi authorities to reveal what happened to him", Bachelet said.


Meanwhile, Turkish forensic investigators overnight searched the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi disappeared October 2.

Horak, who is no fan of Twitter diplomacy, said Freeland's tweet was "ill-advised" but the Saudi reaction was "way over the top".

Turkish authorities have identified five suspects in its investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, four of whom have ties to the Saudi Arabian government, U.S. media reported.

Khashoggi, a USA resident, has not been seen in public since he entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Turkish officials have said they believe the Saudi journalist was murdered and his body removed, which the Saudis have strongly denied. Saudi officials previously have called the allegations "baseless", but reports in USA media on Tuesday suggested the kingdom may acknowledge the writer was killed there.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in Ankara, Turkey, on October 17, 2018.

Khashoggi vanished on a visit to the consulate two weeks ago.

United States media outlets reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia will acknowledge Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation.

"I think we have to find out what happened first", Trump told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday.

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