Why has Turkey not released Khashoggi tapes?, Newshour

A still image taken from CCTV video and obtained by TRT World claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as he arrives at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul Turkey Oct. 2 2018. Reuters

Khashoggi went to the consulate on October 2 to get documents for his upcoming marriage to a Turkish woman while his fiancee waited outside.

A team of Turkish police spent more than nine hours in the consulate on October 15 and October 16 and the Associated Press reported that they found "certain evidence" about the killing of the prominent Saudi dissident.

A team of Saudi officials went into the residence on Wednesday afternoon and police arrived to again put up barricades amid reports the search could happen.

Russia's foreign minister previously said he welcomed the agreement between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to hold a joint investigation into the case. Pompeo will head to Turkey on Wednesday, the BBC said.

At least at nine of the 15 people identified by Turkish authorities are believed to have worked for the Saudi security services, military or other government ministries, The Times said.

The consul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, left Turkey on a commercial flight bound for Saudi Arabia earlier on Tuesday.

Otaibi left Istanbul on Tuesday for Riyadh after police said they planned to search his home as part of their investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

In an editorial headlined "Why is the Trump administration cleaning up Saudi Arabia's mess?" the paper backed calls by United Nations officials for an independent global commission into the disappearance of the journalist earlier this month, which has tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"We have asked for it".

"We have asked for it, if it exists.I'm not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does", he later told reporters when asked about audio or video evidence.

"I don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", said Trump, adding that he hoped to get to the bottom of the matter soon.

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The president said he would get a "full report" from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the diplomat's return from meetings with Saudi and Turkish leaders and that he'd then know the truth.

The three posed for photos, but said nothing together in front of reporters.

"The Saudis are said to be preparing a cover story that will attribute Mr. Khashoggi's murder to the excesses of a team that was dispatched to interrogate him".

He said it was too early to say whether he endorsed other countries' actions.

The US State Department says it is investigating.

Pompeo met with Saudi King Salman and his son, the 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, on Tuesday.

"My assessment from these meetings is that there is serious commitment to determine all the facts and ensure accountability, including accountability for Saudi Arabia's senior leaders or senior officials", he said in a statement.

TRT World's North America Correspondent Jon Brain is in Washington DC with more on Khashoggi's disappearance.

The controversy has blown a massive hole in attempts by Prince Mohammed to promote himself as a modern reformer and led to a spate of cancellations from a major Riyadh investment conference scheduled next week.

On Tuesday, a high-level Turkish official told the AP that police found "certain evidence" of Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate, without elaborating.

Until Monday, Riyadh had not allowed Turkish investigators to search the consulate, with reports both sides were at odds over the conditions. I'm going to sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia.

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