Scepticism over Turkish probe of Khashoggi disappearance

On its part, Riyadh has told Turkey to undertake vigorous investigations to unearth the case and may even search the Consulate premises for incriminating evidence.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is demanding that Saudi Arabia prove its claim that Khashoggi left the consulate, saying it was inadequate to simply say "he has left".

Earlier today, US President Donald Trump said he had not yet spoken to Saudi officials about the journalist's disappearance.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called on Saudi Arabia to investigate the unusual disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose case has sparked worldwide outcry over the extent of the kingdom's crackdown on dissent.

Reuters journalists toured the six-storey consulate in northern Istanbul which Khashoggi entered on Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

On a positive note, the very bad crime in Turkey should at least put Saudi Arabia under closer scrutiny.

He was thrust into the spotlight again in May 2018 when Human Rights Watch said at least 11 women rights activists were arrested - just a month before the ban on women was to be officially lifted.

"The consulate building will be searched in the framework of the investigation", Aksoy said in a written statement. The image of Khashoggi was captured by a closed-circuit television camera and Turkish intelligence has retrieved footage from numerous cameras pointed at the consulate's entrances, the Post reported. "We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are following them closely", the official said.

Khashoggi was a frequent contributor to the Washington Post and other western publications.

She says two plainclothes Turkish police officers have been following her around for protection and that authorities stopped by yesterday to interview her a second time and take some of Khashoggi's clothes and belongings for DNA sampling.

The Saudis have offered no evidence that he did leave.

Hiatt added that the "idea of a government luring one of its own citizens onto its own diplomatic property in a foreign country to murder him for the peaceful expression of his views would be unimaginable".

Turkey said on Tuesday it planned to search Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi vanished last week after entering the building to request paperwork.

Khashoggi has been one of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's most prominent critics. He also reiterated that Khashoggi had left the building. The consulate officials said that he left shortly after entering the consulate but his fiancee said she did not see him coming out.

"Do you not have cameras and everything of the sort?" Why don't you prove it? "You need to prove it".

Ties between Ankara and Riyadh are at a low point due to Turkey's support for Qatar in its year-long dispute with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf nations. Saudi Arabia is also unhappy about Ankara's growing proximity to the kingdom's Shiite rival, Iran.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., attacked Trump today over his cozy relationship with Riyadh, which he argues enabled Khashoggi's alleged murder along with other exactions by Saudi Arabia. While the oil-rich kingdom is spending millions of dollars to paint the crown prince as a reformist moderate, Congress is increasingly concerned over the humanitarian impact of the US-backed Saudi-led war in Yemen while Trump himself has ripped Riyadh amid rising oil prices. I don't like hearing about it. "I do not like it", Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday. "I do not like it".


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