‘It certainly looks like’ Khashoggi is dead, consequences will be ‘severe’

ISTANBUL Turkish police fly a drone over the residence of Saudi Arabia’s Consul General Mohammad al Otaibi on Wednesday.—AFP

The US received a payment of $US100 million from Saudi Arabia on the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh to meet with Saudi leaders on the investigation into journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

USA intelligence officials have mounting circumstantial evidence of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The New York Times reports.

On Wednesday, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he was postponing a planned trip to Saudi Arabia pending the outcome of the investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, calling the case "extremely worrying. and disturbing".

Later in the day, Trump told reporters that "it certainly looks like" Khashoggi was dead.

"There are more structural problems with the relationship (between the US and Saudi Arabia) that relate to Mohammed bin Salman's consolidation of power", said Barbara A. Leaf, senior fellow at The Washington Institute and former USA ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.

Trump appeared to confirm the lack of evidence when he said on October 17 that the United States had asked Turkey for any audio or video evidence it may have related to Khashoggi. The White House has reportedly already been briefed on the matter, according to the Times.

Pompeo said that whatever response the administration might decide on would take into account the importance of the long-standing U.S. -Saudi partnership.

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Investigators have obtained an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi allegedly being murdered in the Saudi consulate, according to sources close to the investigation.

Marking a shift in tone from his earlier comments, Trump said he was waiting for details from "about three different investigations so we can get to the bottom of" Khoshoggi's disappearance.

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.

A Turkish forensic police officer searches for evidence at the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul. Turkey has accused Saudi Arabia of sending a hit squad to abduct and assassinate the journalist, who wrote a column for the Washington Post.

President Donald Trump is facing increased pressure from Congress over his handling of Khashoggi's disappearance, exposing a widening rift between the White House and Capitol Hill over the USA relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Asked what could have happened to Khashoggi, he said, "There are lots of stories out there about what happened, and I'm going to allow the process to move forward and allow the facts to unfold, and.we will make a determination for ourselves about what happened there, based on the facts that are presented". He said Saudi officials, including the crown prince and his father King Salman, had promised a transparent probe.

When asked whether he believes Khashoggi is dead, the president told reporters, "It certainly looks that way to me".

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