Monday, 15 October 2018

Officials search of Saudi consulate in Istanbul where missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was last seen



Officials have begun a search of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi was last seen.
 
The inspection by a joint Turkish and Saudi team comes almost two weeks after the disappearance of the Saudi journalist - a staunch critic of the kingdom.


Speaking on Monday, Donald Trump said the Saudi leader King Salman denied "any knowledge of whatever may have happened" during a phone call.


The US president also said "rogue killers" could be behind the disappearance and that King Salman had told him Saudi Arabia is "working closely with Turkey to find answers".


Saudi and Turkish officials are to carry out a joint search

Media have been camped outside the consulate in Istanbul


US secretary of state Mike Pompeo is on is way to meet the Saudi ruler for further discussions.


Speaking to reporters as he set off for Florida from the White House, President Trump said he did not "want to get" into King Salman's mind, but added: "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers.


"We're going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial."


Jamal Khashoggi


It is still unclear what kind of search the investigators will conduct and if it will involve any forensic examinations.


However, cleaners were seen walking into the consulate hours before the officials arrived.


Mr Khashoggi, a US resident, went missing after visiting the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.




SKY     News.