Jamal Khashoggi's family is 'traumatized,' wants 'independent' and 'international' probe

Jamal Khashoggi's family is 'traumatized,' wants 'independent' and 'international' probe

President Trump's suggestion that "rogue killers" may be responsible for Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance suggests he may let Saudi Arabia off the hook for another violation, said Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch.

"I heard that report, but nobody knows if it's an official report", Trump told reporters, without elaborating. Trump's comments followed a phone call with King Salman in which Trump said he strongly denied any knowledge of what happened to the journalist.

It was the first time they had been allowed to enter the building since the journalist's disappearance following disagreements between the two sides over the terms of any search.

Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Istanbul consulate.

How are the Saudis reacting?

Soon after, Pompeo arrived at a royal palace, where King Salman greeted him.

King Salman ordered the public prosecutor to open an internal investigation into the Khashoggi case.

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October 9: Cengiz writes an op-ed in Washington Post, saying her husband-to-be had applied for US citizenship and that his reason for visiting Turkey was to take care of all necessary paperwork for them to marry before he returned to Washington.

Turkey had wanted to search the consulate for days.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the investigation in the Saudi consulate is looking into toxic materials.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, a Turkish forensics team completed a search inside the consulate.

Turkey rejected that offer.

But privately, others are now questioning whether the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the man once hailed as a visionary saviour of Saudi Arabia, has gone too far. He is embroiled in a damaging dispute with neighbouring Qatar.

More conservative Saudis may well be hankering for quieter times.

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The insider never shied away from criticizing Saudi policies but gained prominence in many circles, including as an adviser to former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal.

What allegedly happened in Istanbul?

As the world's largest oil exporter and second-largest crude supplier to the United States after Canada, Saudi Arabia can roil oil markets if it were to halt its sale of crude and products to Washington. We need answers from the Saudis about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

The Saudi Arabia's consulate is cordoned off by Turkish police in Istanbul.

Investigative journalists have a habit of piecing developments together, and if irrefutable evidence emerges that ties elements of the Saudi leadership to a decision to snatch and grab Khashoggi, dead or alive, political calls for sanctions against the perpetrators may be deafening.

Concern over Khashoggi's disappearance has seen media organisations and a growing number of guests pull out of a "Davos in the Desert" investment conference set for October 23-25, which has become the biggest show for investors to promote Prince Mohammed's reform vision.

The worldwide conference, starting on 23 October, has been dubbed "Davos in the Desert", though the World Economic Forum says it has nothing to do with its annual event in the Swiss Alps.

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King Salman emphasised the importance of the Turkey-Saudi relationship and said no-one should be able to "undermine the strength of this relationship", Saudi's official media reported. "Last year's conference featured the unveiling of a futuristic city designed around technology, and this year's conference is expected to focus on "(driving) expert-led debate, discussion, and partnerships among the world's most visionary and influential leaders in business, government, and civil society", according to its web site.

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