Turkey vows to prosecute all involved in Khashoggi's case 28min

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate

On Sunday Turkish officials said investigators had "concrete proof" of the killing which, they said, was carried out by a 15-person Saudi team who arrived in the country last week.

Mr Trump's position is in line with the State Department whose spokeswoman Heather Nauert reiterated on Monday that the United States is "not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are closely following the situation".

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to reporters at the US Capitol, in Washington, DC, October 5, 2018.

An advisor to Turkey's president has vowed that the country will prosecute all those involved in the suspected kidnapping or murder of a dissident Saudi journalist in Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, even if it involves the Saudi consul himself.

Two Turkish sources also confirmed Khashoggi's death, stressing he was killed inside the consulate.

He said police were examining CCTV footage of entrances and exits at the consulate and Istanbul airport.

Government sources said police believe the journalist was killed inside the consulate.

Mr Erdogan, who said he was personally following the case, added that Turkey had no documents or evidence at hand regarding the case.

Khashoggi was one journalist who chose to "report the reality".

This group is considered to have a connection with the disappearance of Khashoggi.

The Justice Ministry and the chief prosecutor in Istanbul "started an investigation and efforts are continuing", Erdogan said. "We will not spare any effort to locate him, just as we would if it were any other Saudi citizen", it said.

Over the past year, he has written columns for newspapers including the Washington Post criticizing Saudi policies toward Qatar and Canada, the war in Yemen and a crackdown on dissent which has seen dozens of people detained.

The Foreign Ministry said Saudi authorities have notified Ankara they are "open to co-operation" and will allow the consulate building to be searched.

That harshness corresponds with the growing concerns internationally about the direction Saudi Arabia is taking under Prince Mohammed and his father.

"The delegation is there to assist in the investigations regarding the disappearance of the Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi".

He moved to the United States more than a year ago, where he continued his commentary about his country both in print and on television.

"We do not know if he is alive or not, and the statements by Saudi Arabia on the subject are far from satisfactory", Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and chief of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, told supporters on Friday. It could cause the US and Europe to reevaluate their relationships with Saudi Arabia, and with Turkish officials so enraged by this, it could trigger a more serious response.

Instead, Saudis I have spoken to believe that, despite official denials, one possible scenario is that he was abducted inside the consulate, driven out in a diplomatic vehicle and "rendered" back to Saudi Arabia to either face retribution or be held incommunicado under indefinite house arrest.

The Saudi crown prince earlier denied in an interview with Bloomberg that the journalist had been inside the consulate and said Turkish authorities could search the building.

Turkish officials summoned the Saudi ambassador for the second time on Sunday, telling the envoy it expected "full cooperation" in its investigation.

He is a high-profile critic of the crown prince.

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