Saudi delivers $100mn to United States as Khashoggi crisis deepens

Saudi delivers $100mn to United States as Khashoggi crisis deepens

A search was to be conducted on Tuesday of the Saudi consul's residence in Turkey, some 200 metres away from the consulate, where Khashoggi was last seen alive.

Quoting the Turkish daily Yeni Safak, the AFP reported that Khashoggi's alleged killers tortured the journalist during interrogation by cutting off his fingers.

Turkish investigators entered the Saudi consul's residence on Wednesday after delays.

Officials also said his body may have been cut into pieces after a Saudi forensics expert instructed others to put headphones in and listen to music.

"Pompeo, who smiled broadly as he greeted Prince Salman, appeared less intent on determining the truth than in helping the defacto Saudi ruler escape from the crisis he triggered", said the unsigned editorial.

The searches and the leaks in Turkish media have ensured the world's attention remains focused on what happened to Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who went into a self-imposed exile in the USA over the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The U.S. State Department said Pompeo made it clear to the Saudis that "learning what happened to Jamal Khashoggi is the primary reason" Trump dispatched him to Riyadh, and that the matter "is of great interest to the president".

The New York Times confirmed the identities of nine people in the group on October 16, adding that at least four of them were previously part of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage on foreign trips.

Unconfirmed reports said that Khashoggi was likely killed inside the compound, a claim denied by Saudi officials as "baseless".

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Saudi Arabia denies that it had any role in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi leadership, has not been seen since he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to sort out paperwork for his upcoming marriage to a Turkish woman.

"Gardiner and others believe the Trump administration may likely bring limited economic sanctions only against those responsible for the suspected murder, similar to what happened to Turkey's Justice Minister in the detainment of Pastor Andrew Brunson".

Mr Harbi and Mr Alzahrani have the same names as two people who have been identified as members of the Saudi Royal Guard, the New York Times said.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva amid news reports that details of Khashoggi's death may surface soon, indicating that it was an accident, United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) spokesperson Rupert Colville said potentially serious crimes had been committed and the perpetrators should be held accountable.

Turkish authorities reportedly claim they have tapes proving he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.

Pompeo met Turkey's president and foreign minister to discuss Khashoggi's disappearance, a day after Trump gave Saudi Arabia the benefit of the doubt while U.S. lawmakers pointed the finger at the Saudi leadership. But Saudi Arabia strongly rejects he was killed inside the mission.

The Turkish leaks implicating Saudi officials in the Khashoggi case have followed a distinctive pattern, beginning quickly after his disappearance. A fifth person has been named by several reports as Dr. Salah al-Tubaigy, a forensic doctor who specializes in autopsies and who held a senior Saudi Interior Ministry position.

Trump also said he was not trying to give cover to Riyadh in the case - a day after he cautioned against assuming Saudi leaders were guilty until proven innocent.

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