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Why do we still know so little about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance?

Why do we still know so little about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance?

The dissident journalist was killed minutes after he arrived at the building to pick up marriage paperwork on 2 October, according to USA and Turkish press reports of what the officials say are audio recordings that prove he was beaten and drugged, then brutally killed and dismembered.

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he went in order to obtain documents necessary for his marriage.

The alleged hit squad was sent from Saudi Arabia and organized the killing.

"You know we need Saudi Arabia in terms of our fight against all of the terrorism, everything that's happening in Iran and other places", Trump told Fox Business in response to questions about the Khashoggi case.

As per records, two private jets chartered by a Saudi company with close ties to the Saudi Crown Prince and Interior Ministry had arrived and left Istanbul on the day of Khashoggi's disappearance.

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

Trump cited the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's denial in a series of tweets.

Also on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump denied having any financial interests with the Saudi side, to which the U.S. media had attributed the president's ambiguity towards the case.

The search is part of the ongoing investigation into the whereabouts of Khashoggi, who has never been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 for documents of his marriage with his Turkish fiancee. "They also indicated they would get this done quickly", Pompeo said before arriving, adding the Saudis vowed that no one would have immunity.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the Khashoggi incident is "really going to challenge" the USA relationship with Saudi Arabia, though said it's "too early to predict what the consequences will be".

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The statement would pin blame on intelligence officials rather than Saudi leaders, alleging that an interrogation attempt had gone wrong and Khashoggi, who is a USA resident and an opinion writer at the Washington Post, was killed without authorization.

The newspaper said one of the Saudis torturing Khashoggi replied: "Shut up if you want to live when you return to (Saudi) Arabia".

Pompeo meanwhile said Riyadh should be given a few more days to complete its own probe into Khashoggi's disappearance.

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

The fifth suspect is an autopsy expert, Mr Salah al-Tubaigy, who the New York Times said identified himself on his Twitter account as the head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics.

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.

Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter and a partner in USA efforts to combat Iranian influence in the region, has said it would retaliate against any pressure or economic sanctions.

Graham said he did not know what Trump was going to do about the Khashoggi incident.

"We encourage Turkish-Saudi collaboration and look forward to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conducting a thorough, credible, transparent, and prompt investigation, as announced". Turkish investigative agencies have said that he was brutally killed inside the consulate.


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