Central Intelligence Agency chief in Turkey to aid murky Khashoggi investigation

Central Intelligence Agency chief in Turkey to aid murky Khashoggi investigation

President Donald Trump criticized the "cover-up" of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a statement to a reporter Tuesday, and the State Department said the USA would take action against Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for almost a year before his death, had written critically of Prince Mohammed's crackdown on dissent.

However, he kept pressure on the kingdom with his demands for Turkish prosecution of the suspects as well as punishment for the plot's masterminds.

"The government must wake up to the reality of who the crown prince really is", Thornberry said, criticizing Prime Minister Theresa May for "rolling out the red carpet" for the prince.

Mr Khashoggi went missing when visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul three weeks ago.

At that point, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee should hold a hearing on Saudi Arabia to consider evidence of official involvement in the Khashoggi murder, the systematic persecution of journalists in the kingdom, and possible responses, including sanctions, travel bans, prohibitions on arms sales, and other punitive measures.

Trump on Tuesday called the Saudi explanation the "worst cover-up ever" and his administration moved to punish the kingdom over the killing.

Khan's government announced later Tuesday in a statement from Islamabad that Saudi Arabia had pledged $3 billion to Pakistan as it battles a balance of payments crisis, as well as to defer another $3 billion in payments for oil imports.

Accordingly, he requested that King Salman waive diplomatic immunity for the suspects so they could be extradited to face investigation in Turkey. "Where is it?" Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with his Palestinian counterpart. "You are talking about human rights and terrorism, and these people who are in bed with us are apparently just kidnaping and dismembering people", he said.

CIA Director Gina Haspel is among the intelligence officials who are in Turkey to review the case, according to a United States official.

The SPA also reported that the Crown Prince chaired the first meeting of a committee to reform the state's intelligence services, which was set up following Khashoggi's death.

The Turkish president, while noting that global law and the Vienna convention gave diplomatic immunity to the consulate building and its staff, said a full investigation must be carried out by a neutral party to hold those culpable to account.

The state-run Anadolu news agency initially said Saudi officials had refused to allow police to search the well in the garden of the consul's residence. Authorities arrested 18 Saudis, including the 15-member team identified by Turkish investigators.

Erdogan also claimed that security cameras at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul were disconnected hours before Khashoggi arrived for his appointment to obtain paperwork for his planned marriage. The image, obtained by state television TRT and other media, shows a black auto with a diplomatic license plate at an entrance to Belgrade Forest. Most of the information about the investigation that has emerged has come through leaks to the Turkish media.

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