Khashoggi killed in interrogation 'gone wrong'

Khashoggi killed in interrogation 'gone wrong'

Diplomatic pressure is growing on the Saudis to give a fuller explanation.

Turkish officials say Khashoggi, 59, was killed when he entered the consulate and his body was removed from the country by a Saudi hit team that arrived in Turkey the same day.

However, questions remained over how much evidence the investigators could turn up at a consulate where a cleaning crew entered hours before their arrival.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow declined to speculate on what Trump might do after the president in a "60 Minutes" interview promised "severe punishment" if the United States determines that Khashoggi was indeed killed inside the Saudi consulate. Turkish officials have also said they have audio and video recordings of Khashoggi's interrogation.

More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump last week to order an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance under legislation that authorizes sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations.

Khashoggi's disappearance continues to draw worldwide attention as people demand answers about his whereabouts from the Saudi government.

USA lawmakers also have threatened tough punitive action against the Saudis if found responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

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Forensics tests like spraying luminol, a chemical mixture, can expose blood left behind, said Mechthild Prinz, an associate professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice who previously worked at the New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

"He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer". "I am immediately sending our Secretary of State (Mike Pompeo) to meet with King!" "I mean, who knows?"

The US President today said he has spoken to Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the incident, suggesting that "rogue killers" could be responsible. Saudi Arabia was his first foreign trip as president.

In the past days, a slew of business leaders announced they would not attend the second Future Investment Initiative.

The head of JP Morgan, Jamie Dimon, is one of the latest high-profile executives to pull out.

Billionaire Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal - who was among those temporarily detained as part of what Saudi authorities said was an anti-corruption crackdown - tweeted an image of the Saudi flag Sunday in support of the ruling family, saying: "God, then the king, then the nation".

"What is the use of discussing an issue that might throw you in a place you don't want to be?" a Saudi citizen, residing in Dubai, told AFP on condition of anonymity. SoftBank was down over 7 per cent in trading on Tokyo's stock exchange. The Arab News published a front-page editorial by Dubai-based real-estate tycoon Khalaf al-Habtoor that urged Gulf Arab nations to boycott worldwide firms now backing out of the investment conference later this month.

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