Turkish police say 'evidence' found at Saudi consulate on Khashoggi case

A Turkish forensic works in the Saudi consulate

A Turkish forensic works in the Saudi consulate

A Turkish security official said no conclusive evidence emerged from the overnight search that indicated Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.

A high-level Turkish official says police have found "certain evidence" during their search of the Saudi Consulate showing that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed there.

Pompeo landed in Riyadh on Tuesday morning and was due to meet the king immediately to discuss the crisis surrounding Khashoggi, who vanished two weeks ago during a visit to the Istanbul consulate. Saudi officials have been in and out of the building since Khashoggi's disappearance October 2 without being stopped.

King Salman emphasised the importance of the Turkey-Saudi relationship and said no-one should be able to "undermine the strength of this relationship", Saudi's official media reported. In statements after the call, both praised the creation of a joint Saudi-Turkish probe.

"We went inside all the rooms, without any exceptions".

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

It says the Saudi government will blame an intelligence official for the bungled operation.

Turkey has wanted to search the consulate for days.

There was also disagreement over whether investigators would be allowed into the consulate-general's house.

The consul-general left Istanbul for Riyadh on a 2pm flight, hours before investigators were permitted to enter his home.

Trump has threatened "severe punishment" if it turns out Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, but ruled out canceling arms deals worth tens of billions of dollars.

"We did not send him out".

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Nils Melzer, the United Nations special investigator on torture, said that if Turkey and Saudi Arabia can't conduct "a credible and objective investigation", then worldwide involvement may be needed.

"The Secretary reiterated the President's concern with respect to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, as well as the President's desire to determine what happened", she said.

Khashoggi's disappearance has caused US -based companies, including Uber, JPMorgan Chase and Google - which planned this year to build five innovation hubs in Saudi Arabia - to pull out of a high-profile investment summit in Riyadh scheduled for later this month.

Pompeo is expected in Turkey on Wednesday for further consultations.

"The secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said later. On Monday, sources told CNN that the report will acknowledge that Khashoggi died in a botched interrogation, one that was meant to lead to his abduction from Turkey. What evidence Turkish officials could gather at the consulate remained unknown.

He had been critical of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

"He literally begged the president to save them", the source said.

"Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without MbS knowing it", he said in an interview with Fox News. He is a USA resident. But Khashoggi's disappearance has led several business leaders and media outlets to back out of the upcoming investment conference in Riyadh, called the Future Investment Initiative.

President Donald Trump, who dispatched Pompeo to Riyadh amid strained ties with the key ally, has speculated that "rogue killers" may be responsible after speaking with King Salman.

Such a line would help insulate MBS from the scandal.

It is believed that Khashoggi, aged 59, became a critic of the current government and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who has zero tolerance for criticism of all sorts to his reforms. Turkish officials provided CNN with passport scans of seven men they suspect were part of the group.

President Trump apparently phoned in while Pompeo was meeting with the crown prince.

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