Turkish police have audio of 'Khashoggi killing in consulate'

15 October, 2018, 20:26 | Author: Brooke Harris
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Turkish officials had previously said the Saudis were resisting a search of the consulate after learning that police meant to use Luminol, a forensic chemical which reveals bloodstains, even if they had been wiped clean.

After gathering information from the Turks and the joint team, "the feeling from the leadership was we needed an internal investigation to make sure we're getting the right story here", the official said.

The UK Foreign Secretary and his French and German counterparts went on to indicate their support for the joint efforts of Saudi Arabia and Turkey to determine what really happened.

Turkish sources have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the building and his body removed, allegations that Riyadh dismisses as baseless.

While Turkey and the kingdom differ on political issues, Saudi investments are a crucial lifeline for Ankara amid trouble with its national currency, the Turkish lira. Several prominent executives, including JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, canceled plans to attend a conference in Saudi Arabia later this month.

Flake said if the Saudis did, in fact, kill Khashoggi, Congress might specifically curtail US military aid to Saudi-led forces in Yemen. "Obviously, we have a long-standing partnership with Saudi Arabia in a lot of areas".

"Nevertheless, tempers are running high, Saudi stocks have dropped 7% over the weekend and now the country is considering economic retaliation".

"Germany, the United Kingdom and France share the grave concern expressed by others..."

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However, a column published in English a short time later by the general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya satellite news network suggested Saudi Arabia could use its oil production as a weapon. Benchmark Brent crude now trades above $80 a barrel and USA gasoline prices have risen ahead of the midterm elections.

Saudi Arabia has denied these reports.

The Saudi Gazette trumpeted: "Enough Is Enough, ' while the Arab News said: 'Saudi Arabia 'will not be bullied"'.

Saudi King Salman spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone on Sunday, the Saudi foreign ministry said, telling Erdogan: "No-one will get (to) undermine the strength of this relationship".

But concern over the disappearance has seen media organizations and a growing number of attendees 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 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's reform vision.

The withdrawal of Uber's Khosrowshahi from the event is particularly symbolic as the kingdom's vast Public Investment Fund (PIF) has invested $3.5 billion in the ride-hailing app.

The kingdom's Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) lost more than 500 points, diving by seven percent in the first two hours of trading Sunday, in panic selling reminiscent of the days after the global financial crisis in 2008.

Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.


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