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Forensic teams look for evidence after Khashoggi disappearance

Forensic teams look for evidence after Khashoggi disappearance

"I received this column from Jamal Khashoggi's translator and assistant the day after Jamal was reported missing in Istanbul", Attiah said.

His comments followed publication in pro-government Turkish media of allegations purporting to confirm that Khashoggi was not just murdered by Saudi agents in their consulate in Istanbul, but dismembered.

"No, I will not be going", Le Maire told Public Senat TV.

An official close to the investigation told DW's Julia Hahn that there was proof the journalist "was killed" and that findings "match the evidence at the Saudi consulate" which was searched by investigators earlier this week.

Some believe Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured above) had Khashoggi killed, and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham is among a handful of well-known names vowing to punish the Saudis.

According to The Washington Post, the family's statement had read, "We are sadly and anxiously following the conflicting news regarding the fate of our father after losing contact with him two weeks ago, when he disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.Our family is traumatised, and yearns to be together during this painful time". Turkish officials have said he was murdered, and the Turkish newspaper's report said an audio recording revealed gory details about Khashoggi's demise inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

USA media outlets have reported that Riyadh, despite its earlier denials of involvement, will acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation.

"As a result, Arab governments have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate", Khashoggi wrote. Sultan Khashoggi, speaking on behalf of the Khashoggi family, also rejected a statement being attributed to them earlier, which calls for an "independent and impartial global commission to inquire" Khashoggi's case.

Khashoggi provided examples of crackdowns on the free press in the Arab world, actions he said prevent citizens from knowing the true facts and coming to their own conclusions on issues. But on Wednesday, Trump told reporters: "We've asked for it ... if it exists" - before adding that it "probably does" exist. "I don't want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers".

On Tuesday, Mr Pompeo was in Riyadh for talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who he said "strongly denied" any involvement in the journalist's disappearance.

He returned to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday before Turkish police searched his residence.

The fifth suspect is an autopsy expert, Mr Salah al-Tubaigy, who the New York Times said identified himself on his Twitter account as the head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics.

Dr Fox's withdrawal leaves Steve Mnuchen, the U.S. treasury secretary, as one of the last Western officials still scheduled to attend the conference after wave of cancellations.