Central Intelligence Agency gets hands on 'all Turkey's Khashoggi murder evidence'

Saturday, 27 Oct, 2018

Saudi Arabia has acknowledged Khashoggi's death inside the consulate but says he was accidentally killed in a physical altercation with a team sent to negotiate his return to the kingdom.

France also weighed in, saying it would take "punitive measures" if Saudi Arabia was "proven" to be behind the murder.

During the panel discussion, he said "justice will prevail" and the culprits would be punished in his most high profile comments since U.S. resident Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, was killed.

The visa revocation is the first punitive action the USA has taken against Saudi Arabia since the death of Khashoggi, 60.

It's not clear whether President Donald Trump has broached the topic of the Khashoggi family's travel in his discussions with the Saudi government over Khashoggi's death. He had been living in exile in the United States of America since September 2017.

Yesterday, broadcaster NTV said Turkish investigators were due to begin the search of a well in the garden of the Saudi consul-general's residence in Istanbul.

There were reports on Thursday that Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel has heard possible key evidence implicating the Saudi royal family in the killing.

Roughly three weeks ago Khashoggi went missing after visiting a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and was eventually revealed to have been killed.

Trump reiterated that he does not want to scrap the Dollars 110 billion mega arms deal with Saudi Arabia and the total investment of USD450 billion from that country, but did not rule out not taking any action against the Saudis.

Erdogan further mentioned that out of the 18 Saudi nationals arrested, 15 were the very same Saudis who have been identified by Turkish authorities who arrived in Istanbul before the incident that left Khashoggi dead. "Where is it?" Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with his Palestinian counterpart.

"There is a crime here, but there is also a humanitarian situation. And they had the worst cover-up ever", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office Tuesday. The White House did not release any details of their meeting. Until now, media have been updated with a steady stream of reports by anonymous Turkish officials. "As of now we expect of them to openly bring to light those responsible - from the highest ranked to the lowest - and to bring them to justice".

While a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation into the writer's death was set up earlier this month, Turkish investigators have been faced with several delays from their Saudi counterparts, who have at times refused to grant permission to search the diplomatic buildings and vehicles of interest to the criminal probe. The image, obtained by state television TRT and other media on Wednesday, shows a black auto with a diplomatic license plate at an entrance to Belgrade Forest.

Mohammed bin Salman pointedly declared his country and Turkey would only stay united with him, his father and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in power, as he accused forces of trying to use Jamal Khashoggi's death to drive a wedge between them.