Saudi government preparing to say Khashoggi was killed during interrogation gone wrong

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Turkish police investigators have entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, almost two weeks after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. CNN first reported that the Saudis were planning to admit Khashoggi died in the consulate.

Noticeably absent from discussions was the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, about whom Khashoggi wrote critically for the Washington Post and whose rise to power prompted the writer to go into a self-imposed exile in the US.

However, unconfirmed reports in the United States media suggest Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that Mr Khashoggi died as a result of an interrogation that went wrong and that the original intention had been to abduct him.

"Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened 'to our Saudi Arabian citizen.' He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer". "Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin should cancel his participation in the Saudi investor conference and it's long overdue that the Trump Administration nominate a US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia", Durbin said.

Saudi Arabia's state news agency has released a slew of statements from allies in the region supporting the kingdom amid global outrage over its suspected role in the disappearance and possible death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

United States President Donald Trump has said "rogue killers" may have been behind the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as he sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

But Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Mnuchin should not attend the economic summit because the U.S. should not continue "business as usual" with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Khashoggi's disappearance.

Ms. Freeland would not discuss what Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in his conversation with her Monday.

Alhadj said he didn't think the Khashoggi case would have much influence on American officials who retire and go to work for the Saudis, providing their expertise to the kingdom for a hefty paycheck. Saudi officials have repeatedly denied any knowledge of the journalist's whereabouts, but Turkish officials claim they have evidence to prove the Saudi dissident was killed while inside the consulate.

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In Istanbul, meanwhile, investigators entered the consulate for their own investigation.

Turkish officials say they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered the Washington Post contributor.

The Stephen Harper government brokered a massive combat-vehicle sale to Saudi Arabia before the Trudeau government took power in 2015.

They include the CEO of Uber, a company in which Saudi Arabia has invested billions of dollars; billionaire Richard Branson; JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive Jamie Dimon; and Ford Motor Co. cxecutive chair Bill Ford.

A joint Saudi-Turkish team arrived at the consulate on Monday in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighbourhood, as journalists filmed and shot photographs of their arrival.

"We look forward to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia providing complete and detailed information".

Prince Mohammed told Reuters previous year that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia has warned that it would retaliate against any punishment with even greater measures.

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