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Iran stays quiet on Khashoggi case

17 October 2018

Some of the suspects identified by Turkey in the disappearance of a Saudi journalist in Istanbul had ties to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, according to a New York Times report on the case.

The Saudis have strongly denied the accusations, but U.S. media outlets have reported that they will acknowledge Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation.

Anna Sunik, an Associate of the GIGA Middle East Institute in Hamburg, told DW that no matter how the Khashoggi case turns out, the incident looks "very bad" for the crown prince.

Trump has taken a less aggressive stance toward the Saudis, suggesting on Monday after speaking with Saudi King Salman that perhaps "rogue killers" were behind the disappearance of Khashoggi, a sharp critic of the crown prince. The Washington Post columnist was not observed leaving the building, and the USA media have cited anonymous Turkish sources to report that he was murdered and dismembered inside.

"They also indicated they would get this done quickly", said Pompeo, adding Saudi also vowed that no-one would have immunity.

How is it going for Saudi Arabia now?

On Tuesday, a high-level Turkish official told the AP that police found "certain evidence" of Khashoggi's slaying at the consulate, without elaborating.

"Nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without MbS knowing it", he said in an interview with Fox News.

US President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had spoken with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and been assured that a "full" probe into the disappearance of a critical journalist was underway.

Saudi officials have not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press in recent days.

"Everyone knows that America has lost legally and politically by giving up on its worldwide obligations and that we have achieved victory", said President Hassan Rouhani in a speech on Sunday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier Tuesday said Turkish investigators were looking into "toxic" and "painted over material" as part of their inquiry.

"In each of those meetings I stressed the importance of them conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi".

Police planned a second search at the Saudi consul general's home, as well as some of the country's diplomatic vehicles, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

She said under global law, both a forced disappearance and an extra-judicial killing were "very serious crimes" and immunity should not be used to impede investigations into what happened and who is responsible.

Turkish authorities reportedly claim they have tapes proving he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.

While the meetings were going on, Trump, in Washington, said on Twitter, "For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russian Federation, for that matter)".

As he dispatched Pompeo to Riyadh on Monday, Trump told reporters at the White House that King Salman's denials to him about Khashoggi's fate in a phone call "could not have been stronger".

"Of course, it's obvious the whole thing is in the interests of Iran because on the one hand it has caused serious differences between America and Saudi Arabia, and on the other hand, the young prince's reforms in Saudi Arabia have been destroyed in the public opinion of the world", he added.

"The specific transfer of funds has been long in process and has nothing to do with other events of the secretary's visit", McGurk was quoted by the Times as saying.

"This is going to alter the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia for the foreseeable future", Sen.

Iran stays quiet on Khashoggi case