A relentless drip feed of information from Turkish officials and intercepted communications appear to have captured the planning phase of an alleged crime that has shattered diplomatic norms and rocked both Ankara and Riyadh. A report in the Washington Post, citing US intelligence sources, said Bin Salman had earlier authorised an operation to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him. Britain’s foreign secretary warned that Saudi Arabia faces “serious consequences” if the suspicions of Turkish officials that Khashoggi was murdered turn out to be true. While investigators believe that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, suspicion about where his body may have been disposed of continues to focus on the Saudi consul general’s home, about 500 metres away. Trump said that the US was “demanding” answers from the Saudi government and working closely with Turkey to find out what happened to the missing dissident.
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