Consequences over Khashoggi death will have to be 'very severe'

Devin Lawrence
October 19, 2018

SAP, Europe's most valuable tech company, will continue to do business in Saudi Arabia, a top executive told Reuters, saying he hoped the circumstances of the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are clarified.

However, a high-level Turkish official told the Associated Press on Tuesday that "certain evidence" of Khashoggi's murder was found in the consulate.

"We're working with the intelligence from numerous countries", he said. "This is the best intelligence we could have". I mean, it's bad, bad stuff.

Pompeo denied ABC News' report, calling it "factually false".

Turkish police are searching a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul and a city near the Sea of Marmara for remains of a Saudi dissident journalist who disappeared two weeks ago after entering the Saudi consulate, two Turkish officials said.

So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said.

While Turkish officials have accused Saudi Arabia of the murder in Istanbul of Khashoggi, a US-based writer who has been critical of Saudi leaders, Trump has cautioned against a rush to judgment against an important Mideast ally.

Turkish authorities say he was killed by a special team of 15 Saudi officials that flew into Istanbul and left the day Khashoggi arrived at the consulate. "Saudi Arabia has not yet been able to provide any clarification".

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Writing on Twitter, after meeting President Trump and Pompeo, Mnuchin said, "we have decided I will not be participating".

Addressing reporters at the White House after his return to the U.S., Pompeo said he advised President Donald Trump to give Saudi Arabia "a few more days" to complete their investigation into the matter.

Early in the Turkish investigation, focus was given to the movements of 14 vehicles that came and left the consulate the day of Khashoggi's disappearance. Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen and permanent USA resident, entered the consulate but never came out.

Additionally, Trump said he would not make a statement on the case until several investigations into Khashoggi's disappearance have concluded.

"If the President refuses to stand up to Saudi Arabia, it is incumbent upon Congress to take a stand to not only defend United States values, but to send a strong signal of support to journalists and democracy activists everywhere", Hoyer added.

The bot operation reported by NBC urged people to express doubt about news stories reporting that Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate under orders of the Saudi government.

"We have certain information and evidence [regarding Khashoggi's disappearance]" and will publicize all materials to the world after the investigation is concluded, Cavusoglu told reporters.

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