What kind of leader is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?

What kind of leader is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman?

Pompeo "also thanked the King for his commitment to supporting a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation of Khashoggi's disappearance", the statement read.

Turkish officials maintain that they have evidence that Saudi officials killed and dismembered Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, inside their consulate in Istanbul.

In Turkey earlier Tuesday, a high-level Turkish official told the AP that police investigators searching the Saudi Consulate had found evidence that Khashoggi was killed there.

The Saudis have strongly denied those allegations, but U.S. media outlets have reported they will acknowledge he was killed in a botched interrogation.

The suspects' direct links to the Saudi establishment weakens the suggestion made by Trump that the hit could have been carried out by "rogue killers" in an unauthorised operation.

According to The Times, one of the people named by Turkish authorities, Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, has been photographed on trips with the Crown Prince this year, during his visits to Paris, Madrid, Boston, Massachusetts, and Houston, Texas.

Khashoggi had penned articles critical of the country's rulers.

"I'm not giving cover at all", he said, adding that he would be getting a "full report" on the affair from Pompeo by the end of the week. It was conducted by Saudi forensics expert Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, who was reportedly heard in the recordings while advising the interrogators to "listen to music" while he dissected the body.

Turkish police on October 16 undertook an eight-hour search at the consulate, taking away soil and DNA samples, but a search expected at the consul's residence has so far not taken place. Their search included the roof and garage, and employed a drone to surveil the premises. The consul-general had left Turkey for Riyadh on Tuesday.

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Police set up barricades outside the consul general's residence on Tuesday evening in order to carry out a planned search of the premises, but Turkey is waiting for a joint agreement with the Saudis to search the residence. "The Saudis claimed that the consul's family was inside", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters.

Some materials at the Saudi consulate have been painted over, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdoğan said on October 16.

According to the report, Khashoggi dying screams could be heard before he was "injected with an unknown drug" and later fell silent. Others resemble officers in the Saudi Army and Air Force. Before leaving Riyadh, Mr. Pompeo told reporters that the Saudi leaders "made no exceptions on who they would hold accountable".

On Wednesday, Pompeo visited Ankara, Turkey to hold talks with Turkish officials about the case.

One of the men appears to be bodyguard Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a regular member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage. "I have strong opinions but that (the investigation) is the job of the judiciary", he said. Asked how President Donald Trump should respond to the matter, Graham said it was up to Trump, but "I know what I'm going to do. I don't like that".

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde was the latest to pull out of Prince Mohammed's much-trumpeted investment conference next week.

But there has been mounting criticism of some of the prince's moves, including Riyadh's involvement in the Yemen war, the arrest of women activists, and a diplomatic row with Canada.

Mr Khashoggi had fled the country past year amid the rise of Prince Mohammed, whom he wrote critically about in the Post. "This guy is a wrecking ball".