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CIA director in Turkey to investigate Bin Salman’s role in Khashoggi murder

October 24, 2018 at 12:39 pm

Doors of the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia is seen as the waiting continues on the killing of Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Istanbul, Turkey on 18 October 2018 [Elif Öztürk/Anadolu Agency]

CIA Director Gina Haspel arrived in Turkey yesterday morning to help investigate the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as Western security agencies look into the potential role of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman in the murder.

US media quoted well-informed sources as saying that Haspel has travelled to Turkey to discuss the ongoing investigations into Khashoggi’s murder as well as the Saudi Crown Prince’s involvement in the crime.

Haspel has sought to hear a purported audio recording of his torture and murder which Turkish authorities said they are in possession of, four sources familiar with her mission told Reuters.

Muslim scholar: Bin Salman is a ‘crazy thug’ who ordered Khashoggi’s murder 

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said on Monday evening that he was still not satisfied with what he had heard from Saudi Arabia about Khashoggi’s death.

Reuters quoted six US and Western officials saying that they believe the crown prince “is ultimately responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance because of his role in overseeing the Saudi security services. But they have no hard evidence”.

Turkish officials suspect that Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist was killed and “dismembered” inside the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul on 2 October by a 15- member Saudi hit squad.