Khashoggi: Turkish forensic police inspect Saudi consulate. Trump demands proof
Crime scene investigators and specially trained dogs patrolled the premises, the garden and the cars of the diplomatic representation for nine hours. In the audio the Saudi consul would ask the commando to kill the journalist "outside of here". The US president wants evidence of the existence of registration. The Washington Post publishes the latest posthumous article by the Saudi intellectual.
Istanbul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Turkish scientific police experts carried out an overnight inspection of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the second time, to thoroughly inspect the premises of the diplomatic representation and the vehicles available to the staff.
At the moment there are no further details on the operation (and results), which is part of the investigation initiated by Ankara into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. behind which there is a suspicion of involvement of Riyadh and the Royal house.
Turkish forensic experts with a sniffer dog , have patrolled the residence of Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi, some cars and the garden. The inspection lasted about nine hours and ended at the first light of dawn.
A critical voice of the Wahhabi leadership and, in particular, of the hereditary prince Mohammad bin Salman (Mbs), he has not heard of him since October 2nd when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Some details that have emerged in recent days seem to endorse the Turkish version, according to which a commando came from Saudi Arabia on the day of the disappearance to execute him.
The United States has sided with Riyadh - at the center of the criticism of the international community and of large economic and industrial groups that have chosen to boycott an event scheduled in the coming days -. US President Donald Trump has asked the Saudis to deliver "if it exists" the audio file that proves Khashoggi was tortured, inviting at the same time not to draw hasty conclusions of guilt.
According to Turkish sources, the voice of the Saudi consul Mohammed al-Otaibi is heard in the audio file. Addressing the commando, the diplomat would say: "Do this outside. You're going to get me in trouble." In recent days, Otaibi hastily returned to Saudi Arabia, recalled by the government.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post has published the latest article written by Khashoggi, according to some sources unpopular to Riyadh not only for his articles critical of the regime, but also for its proximity to the Muslim Brotherhood. In the piece the Saudi intellectual relaunches the theme of freedom of the press in the Middle East. The editorial director Karen Attiah claims to have postponed the publication in the hope that he would reappear. "Now - declares the journalist - I have to accept the fact that it will not happen".
"The Arab world - writes Khashoggi, in what is his intellectual will – is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power. The Arab world needs a modern version of the old transnational media so citizens can be informed about global events. More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices".