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Washington Post publishes final column by missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

18 Octobre 2018

Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was killed by a team of Saudi agents inside the consulate, with his body then removed.

Turkish pro-government newspaper Sabah published preliminary evidence last week from investigators who it said had identified a 15-member Saudi intelligence team that arrived in Istanbul on diplomatic passports hours before Khashoggi disappeared.

Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul called on the public to ignore any information that had been leaked in the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's case, Al-Arabiya English reported Thursday.

On Wednesday, media reported that the Turkish police had searched the residence of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul as part of the probe into the incident.

Meanwhile, another Turkish daily, Sabah, on Thursday released stills from security camera footage of another suspect.

Forensic teams had already visited the consulate once this week, going there Monday to search for clues to what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the diplomatic outpost on October 2.

Liam Fox has pulled out of an economic forum in Saudi Arabia, set to be boycotted by a slew of global leaders and corporations, in the wake of the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

He died in a vehicle crash in Riyadh, but few details have emerged, the newspaper Yeni Safak reported, adding that his role in the "murder" was not clear.

Reports in Turkish media give gruesome details of what are said to be his final minutes.

The residence search came after a report by the newspaper Yeni Safak citing what it described as an audio recording of Khashoggi's slaying.

He rejected suggestions he was trying to provide cover for Saudi Arabia: "No, not at all, I just want to find out what's happening".

In an editorial, the paper called for an independent worldwide investigation into the disappearance of the journalist, saying that the travel to Saudi Arabia by State Secretary Mike Pompeo has seemed to fail to find the truth.

Over the past few days, Mr Trump has raised the possibility of "rogue killers" being behind the journalist's disappearance.

Dr Fox's withdrawal leaves Steve Mnuchen, the United States treasury secretary, as one of the last Western officials still scheduled to attend the conference after wave of cancellations.

Asked if the U.S. would be willing to walk away from Saudi Arabia, Trump said: "I do not want to do that and frankly they have a tremendous order, $110 billion", referring to a promised USA arms sales to the kingdom. "We'll have a full report when Mike [Pompeo] comes back, that's going to be one of the first questions I ask him", he said in the Oval Office.

The Trump administration's willingness to give the Saudis the benefit of the doubt is hardly surprising, former U.S. diplomat Jim Jatras told RT.

Mnuchin sent a tweet on Thursday saying that after meeting with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo he decided not to participate in the Future Investment Initiative, an event organized by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The same man wore lapel pins, including one of the flags of Saudi Arabia and America intertwined, that other bodyguards accompanying Prince Mohammed wore on the trip.

A USA government source said that US intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced of the crown prince's culpability in the operation against Khashoggi, which they believe resulted in his death.

Washington Post publishes final column by missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi