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Central Intelligence Agency chief heard recording of Khashoggi murder

27 October 2018, 09:02 | Kelvin Horton

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"Saudi Arabia took an important step by accepting the murder".

During the panel discussion, he said "justice will prevail" and the culprits would be punished in his most high profile comments since USA resident Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, was killed.

It was not entirely clear what the two discussed, but, according to friends, Saudi royals had been trying to coax Khashoggi into returning to Saudi Arabia for months.

Mr Khashoggi's death and ensuing uproar have shaken global confidence in ties with the world's top oil exporter.

"These penalties will not be the last word on this matter from the United States", Pompeo said, although he emphasized as have other senior USA officials, the importance of the U.S. -Saudi relationship.

Yesterday, broadcaster NTV said Turkish investigators were due to begin the search of a well in the garden of the Saudi consul-general's residence in Istanbul.

In the latest revelation, Turkish media Wednesday published a security camera image showing a vehicle belonging to the Saudi Consulate purportedly scouting a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul before the killing. It later dropped that account for a new one, saying it had detained 18 people for what it said was an accidental killing during a "fistfight".

Turkish officials have previously said authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting Khashoggi's killing. Turkey is conducting a separate investigation into the journalist's death.

The Trump administration has sent CIA Director Gina Haspel to Turkey and she is expected to be back soon in the USA with details of the ongoing probe.

Khashoggi's body is still missing, 23 days after he was killed in the Istanbul consluate.

"We have shared with those who sought additional information some of the information and findings that the prosecutor has allowed us to share and that is legal to share", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters today.

"There is a crime here, but there is also a humanitarian situation. And they had the worst cover-up ever", Trump said. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Saudi media showed Salah Khashoggi meeting Tuesday with the crown prince, who reportedly expressed his condolences. After this, we expect them to reveal those responsible for this matter.

There were conflicting reports Thursday about whether investigators had searched the well in a case that has geopolitical implications because of the Saudi-Turkish rivalry in the Mideast region, as well as the USA alliance with both countries.

Turkey's investigation into the killing of Khashoggi has been at times delayed by Saudi officials, who have appeared reluctant to grant the authorities permission to search places considered Saudi territory.

The death of Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist, has sparked global outrage and threatened relations between Riyadh and Washington as well as other Western nations.

An adviser to Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Prince Mohammed had "blood on his hands" over Khashoggi, the bluntest language yet from someone linked to Turkey's president.

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