U.S. calls on Turkey to release Jamal Khashoggi murder proof

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Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies and columnist for the Washington Post who was living in the United States, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get marriage documents.

The president on Wednesday called Saudi Arabia an important ally, noting it is an important customer for US military exports. "That's going to be the first question I ask", he said.

TRT World's Joseph Hayat has the details.

Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after going to the consulate to pick up a document he needed to marry.

Hours before the search at the residence, a Saudi team arrived at the building, Anadolu said, adding police cordoned off the street in Istanbul's Levent district. Next door in Iraq, the current secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and his predecessor, Rex Tillerson, have leaned heavily on the Saudis to make large financial pledges for reconstruction of war-shattered communities.

"Sooner's betters than later for everyone", Pompeo said. It was published online Wednesday night.

It described the recording as offering evidence that a Saudi team immediately accosted the 60-year-old journalist after he entered the consulate.

"Here we go again with you know you're guilty until proven innocent", Trump told AP in an interview.

Saudi officials did not respond to requests for comment for this article.

Al-Otaibi left Turkey yesterday, Turkish state media reported.

TRT World correspondent Caitlin McGee has details from outside the Saudi consul general's home in Istanbul.

But it will be hard for the young ruler to escape scrutiny, as mounting evidence points not only to the Saudi government's knowledge of Khashoggi's fate, but to Mohammed's connection to his disappearance.

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"No not at all, I just want to find out what's happening", he told journalists in the White House.

'I don't give a damn who you are, ' the unidentified agent can be heard telling Barnett in video he later posted on Twitter.

Earlier on Tuesday, U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said the "inviolability or immunity" of people or premises granted under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations "should be waived immediately".

"This is a fear we've had for a long time is that the crown prince is a young and aggressive guy that would overestimate how much room he had to do things, would get over aggressive and overestimate his own capabilities and create a problem such as this", he said.

Trump has repeated denials by the Saudi king and crown prince that they knew anything about Khashoggi's fate, and he has warned of a rush to judgment.

Alotaibi is one of 11 Saudis included in the group of 15 men who have ties to the Saudi security services, according to their posts on social media, emails, local media reports and other material reviewed by The Washington Post.

Saudi Arabia, an oil rich monarchy and staunch USA ally, has long relied on its financial largesse to persuade partners to support its foreign policy objectives.

No major decisions are made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom's ruling Al Saud family.

That explanation could deflect suspicions that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered him killed and give the United States and Turkey a way out of confronting an important regional player.

A senior official told The Associated Press that investigators had found more evidence indicating that the journalist was killed there. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. He met Turkey's president and foreign minister, a day after Trump gave Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt. The US president has been after King Salman and OPEC to boost production to drive down high oil prices, caused in part by the coming re-imposition of oil sanctions on Iran.

On Monday, CNN cited two sources as saying the Saudis are preparing a report that Khashoggi's death resulted from a botched interrogation, while The Wall Street Journal said the kingdom was weighing whether to say that rogue operatives killed Khashoggi by mistake.

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