Turks claim Pompeo has heard recording of Khashoggi 'torture'

Mae Love
October 19, 2018

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he presumes missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead and that the USA response to Saudi Arabia will likely be "very severe" but that he still wanted to get to the bottom of what exactly happened. Meanwhile, the United States has pulled out of a major investment summit in the Saudi capital.

The reports alleged his body was dismembered and the killing was carried out by a team of 15 men who arrived the same day from Saudi Arabia, and left soon after.

"We need accountability" and for that a credible investigation is essential, he said.

An official deadline on when the Saudis would complete their investigation was not mentioned.

Turkish officials identified the man who was seen walking toward the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul prior to writer Jamal Khashoggi's arrival as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage.

"He had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey and for me to ignore it, I feel used and abused", Graham told Fox and Friends. Riyadh has denied responsibility. The Epoch Times could not independently verify the anonymous claims. During an earlier press briefing in Belgium, Pompeo said he had a chance to speak to Khashoggi's fiance.

Kushner's close relationship with Saudi crown prince has been the subject of media scrutiny in recent days and has been linked to his reported unwillingness to make waves with MBS.

Kislakci claimed that the tapes reveal that after Khashoggi went into the Saudi embassy, he was given documents to sign.

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"We will share the results to emerge with the entire world. If they knew about it, that would be bad".

On Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was postponing a planned trip to Saudi Arabia pending the outcome of the investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, calling the case "extremely worrying. and disturbing".

"We have asked for it, if it exists. It's bad, bad stuff".

Khashoggi, a dissident living in self-imposed exile in the United States where he contributed to the Washington Post, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Authorities have not said specifically what they found, although technicians carried out bags and boxes from the consul general's home.

Turkish police are also investigating other consular vehicles that visited places in and around Istanbul immediately after the disappearance.

Turkish newspaper The Sabah reported overnight that Mr Khashoggi's excruciating final moments may have been recorded on his Apple watch.

Also yesterday, the Washington Post published what it described as Khashoggi's last column in honor of the missing journalist.

Saudi Arabia is a key ally to many Western countries, and, as one of the world's biggest oil exporters, has significant influence on the world stage.

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